The U.S. government filed today, Friday, another criminal case against Sen. Juan M. Ayuyu (R-Rota) over an incident last January in which he was allegedly found in possession of a cell phone while detained at the Department of Corrections in Susupe.
The information charged the 48-year-old Ayuyu with one count of possessing a phone in a federal correctional or detention facility.
According to the charging document filed by assistant U.S. attorney Garth R. Backe, on Jan. 15, 2013, Ayuyu, being an inmate of a prison, was “found to be in possession of a phone or other device used by a user of commercial service.”
Ayuyu is facing criminal charges in two other indictments over an alleged conspiracy to smuggle eight dead Mariana fruit bats from Rota to Saipan in October 2010, concealing the fruit bats inside a cardboard box beneath 40 lbs of lemon. A joint jury trial in the two cases will be on April 1, 2013.
Ayuyu has been in detention since Dec. 17, 2012.
More details to follow.