VICKILYN Manglona Teregeyo told a U.S. probation officer that her sweat patch “must have fallen off” when she was asked about it as she self-surrendered at the Department of Corrections to serve a three-month prison term for violating supervised release conditions.

In a report to the federal court, U.S. Probation Officer Gregory F. Arriola stated that on April 2, 2021, a drug testing sweat patch was applied to Teregeyo’s arm.

On April 5, 2021, Arriola and another U.S. probation officer, Juanette David-Atalig, went to the Corrections booking area to remove the patch from Teregeyo’s arm.

Teregeyo lifted her shirt sleeve, but the patch was no longer there. When asked what happened to the device, she stated she did not know and that it must have “fallen off.” She denied removing the device, Arriola added.

On March 26, 2021, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona revoked Teregeyo’s supervised release and imposed an additional 33 months of supervised release on top of the three-month prison term.

In his recent report, Arriola told the court that on March 22, 2021 a drug testing patch was applied on Teregeyo’s arm.

This drug testing method was used at the request of Teregeyo’s court-appointed attorney, David Banes, because she continued to have “issues” with providing a urine sample, Arriola said.

On March 23, 2021, the sweat patch was removed and sent to PharmChem Inc. for confirmatory testing.

On April 5, 2021, the laboratory report was received, indicating a positive result for methamphetamine and amphetamine, Arriola said.

As part of the drug testing procedures, Teregeyo was also instructed to contact this probation officer daily to verify if she had a random drug test.

Arriola said she failed to call on March 29, 30, and 31, 2021.

He said he attempted to contact her but without success. After Arriola informed her attorney about the issue, Teregeyo contacted the probation officer on April 1, 2021.

She said she had changed her phone number and did not inform Arriola about it because she was “preoccupied.”

In September 2020, Teregeyo was reported to have violated her release conditions by using a controlled substance, but Judge Manglona did not revoke her release conditions based on the recommendation from the U.S. Probation Office.

Teregeyo was convicted in Guam of the offense of drug user in possession of firearm and ammunition, and was allowed by the federal court system to serve her probation in the CNMI.

She was sentenced by Guam District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood on May 24, 2019 to time served, 12 months and 18 days, with a three-year term of supervised release.

Teregeyo’s supervised release was previously set to expire on May 23, 2022.

After she serves her three-month prison sentence, her supervised release is now estimated to expire in December 2023.

Reporter

Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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