HAGATNA, Guam — A middle school teacher who was leading a double life as a drug dealer has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for selling meth and running a marijuana farm just a couple of hundred yards from the school where he taught.
Vincent John Quitugua, 47, had worked as a math teacher at the Jose Rios Middle School in Piti, Guam for 22 years before he was busted in March 2016 when cops raided two homes he owned near the school.
Investigators found over 10 grams of methamphetamine with a purity level of 99%, 121 marijuana plants, 429 grams of weed ready for sale, and two rifles and two shotguns in one of Quitugua’s homes as well as $73,000 in cash.
Quitugua told authorities that he had grown marijuana for the past two years which he sold by the “joint or in baggies,” earning over $30,000. He also admitted smoking pot everyday and having used meth regularly for over 15 years. He had pleaded guilty last year.
Quitugua had faced up to 20 years in prison but was given a sentence of 57 months instead. His lawyer had argued for a shorter sentence, but the judge said he couldn’t be more lenient as it was likely that Quitugua had taught his students while high given the volume of his drug use.
“I’ve made bad choices,” Quitugua told the court, according to the Guam Daily Post. “Hopefully through this process, I can come back a better husband, a better father, a better son and a better person for the community.”