Four suspects facing two separate indictments in federal court for allegedly conspiring to distribute methamphetamine or “ice” have entered not guilty pleas.
At the arraignment on Wednesday afternoon, Robin Norita Sablan, Ofelia Pua Sablan, Leonard Urumelog Ordonez, and Perry M. Iguel, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Robin Sablan is a former CNMI adult probation officer, while Ordonez is a Division of Youth Services probation officer. Iguel is a Customs officer.
The jury trial of the Sablan couple and Ordonez will take place on Oct. 22, 2012, while that of Iguel will be on Oct. 29, 2012.
Loren Sutton, counsel for Ofelia Sablan, asked the court to lift his client's stay-away order from co-defendant Robin Sablan since the Sablans are married. Steven Pixley, court-appointed counsel for Robin Sablan, joined in the motion. Assistant U.S. attorney Ross Naughton did not object.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona granted the Sablans' request.
The indictment charged Ordonez and the Sablan couple with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
From June 10, 2010 until Aug. 22, 2012 the three defendants allegedly conspired to distribute “ice.” Robin Sablan was charged with one count of distribution of methamphetamine.