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Monday, April 21, 2014

Ex-prison guard found positive for ‘ice’ use, curfew violations

A former Corrections officer who is scheduled to go on trial in February on drug charges has been found in violation of his pre-trial release conditions after testing positive for methamphetamine or “ice” use.

U.S. Probation Officer Gregory F. Arriola informed the U.S. District Court for the NMI on Monday about Mariano Q. Falig Jr.’s violations of his release conditions.

Arriola disclosed that Falig tested presumptive positive for “ice” use last Dec. 13, during his quarterly testing at the Marianas Counseling Services. When asked about the test results, Falig allegedly admitted that he had used the drug earlier that morning.

Arriola said that Falig asked to be enrolled in a substance abuse program to help him cope with his addiction.

Arriola said that Falig also violated his daily 6pm to 6am curfew.

Arriola said he received a “did not return” alert from the Monitoring Center, indicating that Falig failed to return to his house by 6pm last Dec. 5.

On Dec. 6, Arriola received an “unauthorized enter” alert from the Monitoring Center, indicating that Falig returned home at 2:29am.

Arriola said that on Dec. 14, he received another “did not return” alert and that no one answered the phone at Falig’s house.

Arriola said an “unauthorized enter” alert was received at 6:51pm, indicating that Falig returned home.

Arriola said when confronted about these curfew violations and failure to answer phone calls, Falig made several reasons that turned out to be false. He said Falig apologized, saying he was confused with a lot of issues going on in his mind.

The indictment charged the defendant with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and using, carrying, or possession of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime.

Falig was temporary released after posting a $50,000 appearance bond, secured by real property.

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