Hagatña, Guam – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, announced that Defendant James Rumbaua Damaso, 54, a naturalized United States citizen of the Republic of the Philippines, has been sentenced in the United States. District Court of Guam to three hundred months imprisonment with credit for time served for possession of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine hydrochloride with intent to distribute, in violation of 21 USC §§ 841(a)(1) and ( b)(1)(A)(viii) and 18 USC § 2. The Court also ordered Damaso to serve ten years of probation after his imprisonment and pay a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. In addition, defendants convicted of a federal drug offense may no longer be eligible for certain federal benefits.
In July 2019, James Rumbaua Damaso, recruited others to receive packages containing methamphetamine hydrochloride. The methamphetamine was shipped to Guam using the US postal system. US postal inspectors intercepted one of Damaso’s packages containing 1,783 net grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride which was analyzed with 97% purity. He was arrested by agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). Damaso was found with an additional 121.4 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, $31,418.00 in US currency, a drug scale and paraphernalia. The methamphetamine weighed a total of 1,904 grams, or 4.2 pounds.
On November 23, 2021, James Rumbaua Damaso was found guilty after a nine-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court in Guam. Damaso had previous convictions, including a serious drug-related crime, subjecting him to aggravated sentences.
“This significant conviction is the result of productive teamwork by multiple agencies at all levels of government,” said John F. Tobon, Special Agent in Charge, HSI Honolulu. “HSI will continue to target individuals and organizations involved in transnational crime.”
“This sentence reminds drug traffickers that we will not tolerate the use of US mail to transport controlled substances to Guam or anywhere else,” said Kevin Rho, Acting Inspector in Charge, USPIS, San Francisco Division. “I want to thank local and federal law enforcement for their partnership in stopping the spread of drugs and bringing this defendant to justice.”
This case was a joint investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, US Postal Inspection Service and Guam Customs & Quarantine. The case was prosecuted by Laura C. Sambataro and Rosetta L. San Nicolas, Assistant United States Attorneys in the District of Guam.