Traffic stop leads to a motorist’s arrest for alleged drug possession

The driver of a car who was pulled over in Chalan Kanoa on Wednesday night for a traffic violation allegedly yielded methamphetamine or “ice” and marijuana.

Jeffrey Cabrera Magofna, 35, jobless, was arrested for illegal possession of crystal meth and marijuana.

At a hearing on Friday, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $50,000 cash bail and set the preliminary hearing for June 22 at 9am.

The Office of the Public Defender was appointed as counsel for Magofna. Assistant attorney general Jonathan Robert Glass Jr. appeared for the government.

A police officer was driving a marked police car last Wednesday at 11:04pm along Konsolacion Street by Moon Light Poker in Chalan Kanoa when she saw a sedan with no front license plate traveling west.

Dela Cruz activated her blue lights and approached the sedan, which then stopped in the parking lot of LF Restaurant across Moon Light Poker.

Magofna opened the door and the officer saw another man on the passenger seat.

The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana from the inside of the car. The officer turned on her flashlight and observed a glass pipe located at the bottom on the left side of the driver’s seat.

The officer also saw an opened a pouch that contained baggies and syringes on the driver’s chair.

Magofna stated he does not have a driver’s license.

The officer procured the pouch that allegedly contained seven baggies with crystal-like substances, 32 empty baggies, and three syringes, and another pouch containing 11 baggies and $70 in cash.

The crystal-like substance, which weighed 2.3 gross grams, later tested presumptive positive for the presence of meth.

During an inventory of the vehicle, police allegedly found a crumpled newspaper containing two green leafy plants inside the center console compartment. The plants were presumptive positive for the presence of marijuana.

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Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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  • SaipanStorm

    No Job but probably costing tax payers a bundle on housing and food stamps. Driving without a licence? So anyone he runs into is stuck with the bill. But he has enough time to smoke pot and peddle drugs to others. Of course even with all those drugs- “no money” for a lawyer so taxpayers have to pay for that too! Lock him up! And make him work while he’s incarcerated.

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