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Operation Deviant Guard locates 299 sex offenders on Guam

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A RECENT operation conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service and several local law enforcement agencies successfully located and verified 299 sex offenders and also uncovered an illegal marijuana plantation worth $104,000.

A press conference was held Friday in the District Court of Guam to announce the conclusion of Operation Deviant Guard, an initiative executed by the U.S. Marshals Service in collaboration with the Judiciary of Guam Sex Offender Registry, Judiciary of Guam Probation Office, Judiciary of Guam Marshals Division, and the Guam Department of Corrections Parole Division.

According to District Court of Guam Senior Inspector John Untalan, the five-day operation, which occurred March 26 to 30, was a compliance check for registered sex offenders on Guam. It is also the second time they’ve conducted the operation which began last year.

“Deviant Guard is a sex offender compliance verification operation that we conduct here in Guam,” Untalan stated. “This is the second operation of its type that we’ve conducted since February of 2011 which was the last operation we did.”

Untalan explained the verification operation is to ensure that convicted sex offenders have properly registered and are updating the registry as required. 

“Essentially, it’s to verify the information that the sex offender is required to register,” he said. “We’re checking up to make sure that the information they’re providing to the registry is accurate and correct.”

A total of 317 compliance verifications were conducted. During the operation they were able to locate and verify 299 sex offenders.

One sex offender was indicted in federal court for failure to register and was arrested for non-compliance; eight subjects were arrested as a result of other outstanding warrants of arrest unrelated to the sex offender registration law, and 16 failure to register investigations were generated, the U.S. Marshals Service stated in a news release.

In addition, the task force also discovered an illegal marijuana plantation in the Yoña area. There are currently no suspects as the plantation is not near a residential area. The estimated street value of the marijuana plantation was $104,000.

The marijuana plants were eradicated and turned over to ATF and the Guam Police Department Violent Street Crime Task Force for follow-up investigation, the U.S. Marshals release indicated.

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