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Carillo pleads not guilty to felony drug charges

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CHRISTOPHER Carillo, former senior legislative staffer and former Democratic member of the Guam Election Commission, yesterday pled not guilty to felony charges of importation and possession of marijuana in Superior Court.

Carillo was arrested in late February after Customs and Quarantine officials raided a Jonestown home in connection with an intercepted package that previously contained 522 grams of marijuana.

He was arrested on Feb. 28 and indicted last week on charges of importation of a Schedule I controlled substance as a first-degree felony; possession with intent to deliver a Schedule I controlled substance as a first-degree felony; and possession of more than 1 ounce of a Schedule I controlled substance as a petty misdemeanor.

During the raid, Carillo “admitted” to customs agents that he owned a glass pipe, metal grinder, and a small amount of marijuana discovered in the residence.

The Customs agents also found a “substantial amount of marijuana” in a clear plastic container in his vehicle, as well as other drug paraphernalia including scales and packaging within the residence, court documents state.

Carillo is currently under house arrest after he was released last week on a personal recognizance bond to third party custodians. He previously was held on $200,000 cash bail.

A criminal trial setting for Carillo is scheduled for April 9 at 2 p.m.

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