Jesse Reyes Babauta, a former Corrections officer who is awaiting sentencing in a methamphetamine or “ice” case, has been found using illegal drugs again.
U.S. Probation Officer Gregory F. Arriola notified the U.S. District Court for the NMI on Friday that Babauta tested positive for methamphetamine on Dec. 12, 2012.
Arriola said that Babauta admitted in writing to using the controlled substance.
During a noncompliance meeting with the U.S. Probation Office on Dec. 13, 2012, Babauta was admonished about his drug use and told that further use could result in court sanctions, Arriola said.
The probation officer said Babauta has undergone substance abuse assessment and will begin receiving treatment at Marianas Counseling Services each month.
Arriola said that Babauta will be closely monitored and that any noncompliance will be immediately reported to the court.
No court action over Babauta's “ice” use was requested at this time.
According to court documents, Babauta pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in December last year. He will be sentenced on April 26, 2013.
According to the indictment, Babauta conspired with other persons to distribute “ice” from June 2010 until Aug. 22, 2012, in one instance within 1,000 feet of a school.
This wasn't the first time Babauta was found using drugs. The Probation Office reported last December that Babauta tested positive for “ice” use on Nov. 8, 2012, and that the defendant admitted to using the drug.
In February 2011, a man filed in federal court a police brutality lawsuit against Babauta and the Department of Corrections and several other co-defendants. Quirino G. Adlaon alleged that while he was in jail on traffic charges, Babauta assaulted him, knocking his teeth loose. Babauta then allegedly took a cup of water and splashed its content on Adlaon's face.