The federal court issued yesterday a warrant for the arrest of former police officer Florencio Q. Richards after the U.S. Probation Office found him allegedly using methamphetamine or “ice” again and violating other terms and conditions of his probation.
U.S. Probation Officer Margarita Wonenberg asked the U.S. District Court for the NMI yesterday to revoke Richards’ supervised release for violating the terms and conditions of his probation.
Richards has been on three years of supervised probation since Feb. 20, 2013, after serving a 12-month prison term for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine or “ice,” distribution of “ice,” and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
According to Wonenberg, Richards used “ice” on Dec. 30, 2013, failed to report to a probation officer, failed to follow the instructions of the probation officer, and failed to participate in a substance abuse treatment program.
Wonenberg said Richards tested presumptive positive for “ice” during a random drug test on Dec. 31, 2013. When confronted with the results, he allegedly admitted to using the drug a day before, saying he was stressed about personal issues.
The probation officer noted that this was Richards’ fourth positive drug test within one year.
As a result of his admission to drug use on three previous occasions, his supervised conditions were modified last June 14 to include three months of home detention.
In August 2011, the federal court imposed a 24-month prison term on Quitugua for distributing “ice” while he was still an active officer.