Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho yesterday slapped a maximum of five years in prison against a man who was found in possession of less than two grams of methamphetamine or “ice.”
Camacho ordered Xuguang Li to serve the five years day by day without the possibility of parole. He also required the defendant to pay a $2,000 fine.
“It is the drug users that keep the drug dealers in business. There can be no justice without the appropriate punishment,” the judge told the 36-year-old Li.
Camacho said the destructive force of “ice” has contributed to hardships of families with depleted bank accounts and termination from employment.
Camacho said “ice” has been linked to domestic violence, turned addicts into thieves or prostitutes to support their illegal habit.
“Ice” has invaded the rank file of our law enforcement forces and the very halls of the CNMI legislature,” he pointed out.
Li was convicted on the charge of illegal possession of controlled substance during a bench trial on Sept. 5, 2013.
Assistant public defender Matthew Meyer served as counsel for Li. Assistant attorney general Jacinta Kaipat prosecuted the case.
Police detective Roque K. Camacho stated in his report that on March 11, 2013 while he was driving a vehicle on Martinez Road in Koblerville he saw Li, one of the three suspects in a burglary and theft case, walking on the shoulder of the southbound lane.
Camacho said he stopped his unmarked police vehicle, got down, talked to Li, and asked for his identification card.
The detective said Li took out a plastic bag from his left front pocket and threw it behind him.
Camacho said he checked the bag and found it contained a baggie with 1.20 gross grams of substance that turned out presumptive positive for “ice” during the field test.