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New member added to task force
POLICE Chief Fred Bordallo met yesterday with Attorney General Lenny Rapadas and Deputy Chief Attorney General Phil Tydingco to discuss the Blue House case and the possible involvement of police officers. Also attending the meeting was acting Police Commander Rick Leon Guerrero and the Guam Police Department team.
According to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office, both agencies went over matters regarding the case to “safeguard the integrity of both the prosecution of the current Blue House case pending before the Superior Court, as well as any future prosecution that may arise from the continued investigation of the involvement of GPD police officers in connection with the criminal activities that occurred at Blue House.”
In addition, Bordallo agreed to detail the members of the GPD team involved with the criminal investigation to the Attorney General’s Office.
Rapadas also contacted U.S. Attorney for Guam Alicia Limtiaco and informed her of their investigation team. Rapadas said Limtiaco has agreed to cooperate with the investigation and prosecution efforts of the AGO.
The joint criminal investigation team will also get together with their federal law enforcement counterparts.
Members of the prosecution team present at the meeting were Chief Prosecutor Basil O’Mallan, the prosecutor assigned to the current Blue House Guam Superior Court case against owner Song Ja Cha and her two accomplices; Assistant Attorney General Nelson Werner; acting Chief Investigator Anthony Blas; and Senior Criminal Investigator Juan Salas.
Rapadas and Bordallo both assured the public that allegations of public corruption by police officers in connection with Blue House will be fully investigated and prosecuted vigorously if warranted by the evidence.
Meanwhile, another person has been added to the team investigating the Blue House case.
Bordallo yesterday announced the appointment of POIII Tracey Volta to the group. Volta is a task force special agent assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was asked to assist in the investigation.
“I've instructed Special Agent Volta to work with Lt. Lawrence Quichocho's investigators regarding the Blue House case. I am specifically interested in knowing whether any of my officers violated the civil rights of any of the victims, or whether any committed conspiracy to commit human trafficking,” Bordallo said.
Quichocho is heading the investigation.