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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ex-convict found using illegal drugs several times

Ryan T. Babauta, a man who is on federal probation after serving a prison term for joining a group of prisoners in a hostage drama at the Department of Corrections in 2009, was found using illegal drugs several times.

The U.S. Probation Office asked the federal court Monday to issue a warrant for Babauta to explain why his term of release should not be revoked.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramon V. Manglona granted the U.S. Probation’s request.

U.S. Probation Officer Gregory F. Arriola said that Babauta admitted in writing to using methamphetamine or “ice” on Nov. 6 and 17, 2013. Arriola said that Babauta further admitted using “ice” and marijuana on Dec. 4, 2013.

The defendant, Arriola said, also failed to give advance notice to the probation officer before changing his residence.

The probation officer added that Babauta failed to appear for his counseling sessions on Dec. 3, 12, 16, 24, 28, 30, 31, 2013, and random drug testing on Dec. 29 and 31, 2013.

In March 2009, Babauta was among six prisoners who held a 14-hour hostage drama at DOC in Susupe. At the time, he was serving a prison term for involuntary manslaughter over the killing of a Bangladeshi national in Chalan Kanoa.

As a result of the hostage taking, in August 1999 the federal court slapped Babauta with a 180-month prison sentence and five years of supervised release, for hostage taking and felon in possession of a firearm.

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