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Tedtaotao released to third party custodian

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MACRINA Rose Tedtaotao, the wife of former Department of Corrections Officer Eric Christ Tedtaotao, was released to a third-party custodian following the granting of her motion to take care of her five minor children.

The Tedtaotao couple was indicted along with Bertha Moore and both are facing a minimum mandatory term of 10 years to life imprisonment for allegedly conspiring to import more than 50 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride.

Tedtaotao was released to her aunt Francisca Blanco in Mangilao but restricted to 24-hour-a-day home incarceration.

A number of release conditions were issued by Judge Joaquin Manibusan after hearing the motion filed by defense counsel Jeffrey Moots.

Tedtaotao was arrested Feb. 13 and her trial was originally scheduled to begin June 3. The trial has been moved to Aug. 20.  According to Tedtaotao's counsel, if she is detained until the start of her trial, “she will have been held for six months and one week before she is able to answer the charges against her.”

During interrogation, Eric Tedtaotao admitted he and his wife had been using Moore to bring illegal drugs to Guam from the Philippines. Court documents state he admitted to smuggling meth in January, March and June of 2012.  He further disclosed that he sent $4,000 in October 2010 which was seized by Customs and Border Protection agents in Hawaii. He said the money was supposed to be for the purchase of 20 grams of methamphetamine.    Court records also state that Macrina Tedtaotao admitted she and her husband brought with them $20,000 to the Philippines on Aug. 10, 2010 and spent $13,000 to buy 100 grams of meth.  The motion hearing will be held in the courtroom of Judge Joaquin Manibusan today at 9:45 a.m.

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