4 arrested for ‘ice’ trafficking; 1 wanted by police

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FOUR individuals accused of selling methamphetamine or “ice” on Saipan were brought before Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

James Q. Reyes
George T. Manglona
Miriam Bernabe Buatis
Carrie Jane Delos Reyes Ada

James Q. Reyes, 47; George T. Manglona, 39; Miriam B. Buatis, 47; and Carrie Jane DLR Ada, 39, were each charged with possession and trafficking of a controlled substance.

Judge Bogdan imposed a $100,000 cash bail on each defendant and remanded them to the custody of the Department of Corrections after the hearing.

After learning from informants that the defendants were selling “ice,” the CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force obtained surveillance authorization from the court and conducted separate investigations and buy-walk operations.

Quitugua, on two occasions, sold methamphetamine to a cooperating informant in January and March 2019, the task force stated.

It added that Ada sold 1.3 grams of methamphetamine worth $450 to an informant in Dec. 2019.

In Jan. 2020, Manglona sold $300 worth of methamphetamine to a cooperating informant, the task force said.

As for Buatis, she sold $100 worth of methamphetamine in Dec. 2019 to an informant, the task force added.

After their arrest, the four defendants were released after they agreed to assist the CNMI government in other drug-related cases.

But because the four defendants had not provided any substantial cooperation the Attorney General’s Office requested the court to revoke their stipulated release.

All four defendants will be arraigned before Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja on March 12 at 9 a.m.

Juan Sablan Ada

Wanted

In a statement on Tuesday, the Department of Public Safety said it is looking for Juan Sablan Ada, 44, who is wanted for the charges of possession and trafficking of a controlled substance.

DPS said if “Juan Sablan Ada is sighted, do no approach, dial 911 immediately.” If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the CNMI Crime Stoppers Hotline at 234-7272.

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