The federal court yesterday slapped an 18-month jail term against a woman who was convicted for selling methamphetamine or “ice” near a school on Saipan.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, however, gave defendant Yue Xin Tang credit for 176 days she already served in jail.
Upon release from prison, Tang will be placed on supervised release for six years.
Among the terms and conditions of supervised release is that the defendant shall be turned over to an immigration official for deportation proceedings.
Tang will be required to perform 100 hours of community work service and pay a $100 special assessment fee.
Manglona remanded the defendant into the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
Assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe recommended to follow the recommendation of the U.S. Probation's Office to impose the low-end of the sentencing guidelines. Backe stated that the defendant immediately acknowledged her guilt.
Court-appointed defense counsel Loren Sutton asked the court to consider his statement when sentencing his client.
In February 2012, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested Tang after they were able to buy $150 and $700 worth of “ice” from Tang using a “confidential source” on Oct. 27, 2011 and Nov. 8, 2011 respectively.
The following month, Tang pleaded guilty to the indictment charging her with distribution of controlled substance within 1,000 feet from a public school.