Bertha Moore is sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for smuggling in the drug ice through her rectum.
Back in May of 2012, authorities were alerted to Bertha Moore from a husband and wife who were also involved in a drug conspiracy case. So in August 2012, federal agents waited for Moore to arrive from the Philippines. Drug detecting dogs confirmed the presence of methamphetamine. Moore was then interrogated and she eventually confessed that she had smuggled in ice through her rectum. A press release from the US Attorneys’ Office states that agents recovered 108 grams of ice from Moore’s rectum. 108 grams has a street value of about $60,000. Moore eventually pled guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully import more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Again, she was sentenced to 87 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.
Read the press release from the US Attorneys’ Office BELOW:
(GU) – ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the northern Mariana Islands (NMI), announced that Defendant BERTHA LEE MOORE, age 45 of Mangilao, was sentenced Monday, November 10, 2014, in the District Court of Guam by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, sitting by designation. Defendant was sentenced to serve 87 months incarceration followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee and perform 400 hours of community service during her term of supervised release. Additionally, MOORE was ordered to complete a substance abuse program.
In May 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was alerted via anonymous tips that Eric Tedtaotao and Macrina Tedtaotao, husband and wife, had been smuggling methamphetamine a/k/a ice into Guam from the Republic of the Philippines. As a result of the investigation of the information, on August 4, 2012, agents were at the Guam airport waiting for MOORE to arrive from the Philippines. When she arrived at the baggage claim area a drug detecting dog alerted to MOORE as having methamphetamine on her person. MOORE was questioned and admitted to having methamphetamine concealed in her rectum. 108 grams of methamphetamine was recovered from her rectum. MOORE, a codefendant with Eric and Macrina Tedtaotao, pleaded guilty July 17, 2013, to the offense of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Import more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Codefendants Eric and Macrina Tedtaotao will be sentenced later.
The investigation was conducted by the DEA, Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshal’s Service, Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI), Guam Police Department (GPD) and the Guam Superior Court Probation Office. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons.