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‘Ice’ conspiracy case vs Ordonez dismissed

The “ice” conspiracy case filed against Division of Youth Services juvenile probation officer Leonard Urumelog Ordonez was dismissed Tuesday in federal court.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona dismissed the case without prejudice, which means the case can be re-opened for prosecution in the future.

Manglona, in her order issued Tuesday, stated that the decision to dismiss the case was made because there was no objection filed on the motion to dismiss the case from the defendant.

“Without objection from the defendant, the motion is granted. For the reasons stated on the record at the Nov. 13 hearing, all indictments in this matter as to [Leonard Urumelog Ordonez] are hereby dismissed without prejudice. All bail terms are hereby exonerated,” stated Manglona’s order.

Manglona granted the motion to dismiss earlier submitted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons Jr., who asked the court for dismissal of the case with prejudice. Lemons, however, did not explain the reason behind the request.

Ordonez is represented in court by defense attorney David Banes.

Ordonez, along with former CNMI Adult Probation officer Robin Sablan and his wife Ofelia Sablan, were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In addition, Robin Sablan was charged with one count of distribution of methamphetamine.

The Sablan couple signed a plea agreement with the U.S. government and pleaded guilty. The couple will be sentenced on March 8, 2013.

Federal agents purchased 0.83 of a gram of “ice” from them, worth $1,250, on March 24, 2011. The three were arrested on Aug. 22, 2012, along with several former and current CNMI law enforcement officers during combined operations by federal and Commonwealth authorities.

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