Thursday, April 17, 2014

10 Arrested in CNMI on "ICE" Charges, Including "Current and Former Law Enforcement Officers"

Guam News - Guam News

Guam -The U.S. Attorney's Office has announced that 10 people have been arrested in the CNMI on various charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to distribute the drug known as "ice".

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the arrests were made today [Wednesday] by both federal and local law enforcement officers.

Those arrested include "current and former law enforcement officers". 

The U.S. Attorney's office released 9 of the names of the 10 arrested. They are:

CR 12-00020
1. Falig, Jr., Mariano (34 years)
2. Sablan, Vicente (43 years)

CR 12-00021
3. Iguel, Perry M. (31 years)

CR 12-00022
4. Li, Xiang Rong (34 years)

CR 12-00023
5. Babauta, Jesse (35 years)
6. Sablan, Delbert (47 years)

CR 12-00024
7. Sablan, Robin (34 years)
8. Sablan, Ofelia Pua (38 years)
9. Ordonez, Leonard (43 years)

The arrests are the result of a 2 year long investigation involving the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) which is made up of agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); CNMI Department of Public Safety and CNMI Department of Finance-Division of Customs.

The release quotes U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco as saying: “We commend the hard work and effort of federal and local law enforcement -- ATF, DEA, CNMI DPS and CNMI Customs agents, in this OCDETF investigation as this was a collaborative and cooperative effort by all agencies involved to protect our community against drug trafficking.”

READ the release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in FULL below:

FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING ARRESTS IN THE NMI 

Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that on August 22, 2012, federal and local law enforcement executed search warrants and arrested 10 suspects for the offenses of: Distribution of Methamphetamine; Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine; Distribution of Methamphetamine Near Schools or Colleges; Using or Carrying a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime; and/or Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Those arrested include current and former law enforcement officers.

The arrests came about after a two year long Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation by federal and local authorities, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); CNMI Department of Public Safety and CNMI Department of Finance-Division of Customs.

Other federal agencies assisted in this OCDETF operation, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Coast Guard-Criminal Investigative Section, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“We commend the hard work and effort of federal and local law enforcement -- ATF, DEA, CNMI DPS and CNMI Customs agents, in this OCDETF investigation as this was a collaborative and cooperative effort by all agencies involved to protect our community against drug trafficking,” stated U.S. Attorney Alicia A.G. Limtiaco.

Acting CNMI DPS Commissioner Ancieto Ogumoro said, “The Department of Public Safety will continue to work cooperatively with federal authorities in enforcing our laws and protecting our community.”

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and defendants should be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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