Grammy award singer admits to occasional drug use to “get through” performances

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“I didn’t know if I would have been able to stand up on stage, so it was really to give me courage but as it turned out I didn’t need it,” said Elliman-Alexander.

Guam – Yvonne Elliman and her husband Allen Alexander have pleaded guilty to the possession of ice on Friday through a plea deal with the government which will allow them to return home prior to sentencing.

Yvonne Elliman-Alexander and her husband Allen Alexander have found their way home after a winding road of uncertainty landed them in prison for possession of drugs.

“We got through it. There was no thought of having or needing something to get through the show. We had so much adulation and love and adrenaline going. I guess that’s the only drug I needed,” said the Grammy award winner of her performance earlier this month for a benefit concert for Mt. Carmel Catholic School.

Elliman and her husband were living moment by moment, making the choice to turn to drugs and take a chance with 3.5 grams of ice and marijuana hidden in their luggage as they traveled to Guam from Hawaii for a benefit concert. In an interview with PNC Elliman admitted to the frequency of her drug use.

“No, no, not long time. Occasional, especially sometimes when you are under duress, and I had a back problem. I didn’t know if I would have been able to stand up on stage, so it was really to give me courage but as it turned out I didn’t need it,” confessed Elliman-Alexander.

And like Elliman’s song “Moment by Moment” goes “the choices you make depend on the chances you take,” well that chance booked the couple to a one-night stay behind bars.

PNC asked the couple if they had learned anything from their night in jail.

“Very much so. Indeed he more than I,” said Elliman, pointing to her husband. “He had some serious conditions to get through. It was a bed and I thought they treated us very fairly and they were very kind so there was respect there so we appreciated that.”

In court Friday, the Grammy award singer and her husband entered into a plea deal with the Attorney General’s Office, pleading guilty to possession of a schedule two controlled substance.

Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez reiterated that “the parties agree that pending sentencing in this case or in the course of post sentencing supervision, defendants will be allowed to depart Guam and return to the defendants’ place of residence. During any such absence, the defendants will be required to provide to the appropriate supervising authority proof of compliance with monitoring and treatment conditions which defendants will seek out and attend in defendants’ place of residence in Hawaii.”

And with their motion to return home granted, everything’s alright, yes everything’s is fine, as long as the couple adheres to the stipulations of their plea agreement.

The couple says they are “about ready to hop on a plane.”

Elliman-Alexander and her husband are scheduled for a compliance hearing in March 2018. Until then the court has requested that the AG’s Office look into whether or not the couple has any history of prior drug use in Hawaii.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.