$100K bail for two in alleged drug trafficking

The Superior Court imposed a bail of $100,000 on two men who were allegedly involved in the trafficking of an illegal substance.

Ronnie San Nicolas, 24, and Daniel Buniag, 29, were arrested for allegedly trafficking in crystal methamphetamine or “ice.”

The preliminary hearing scheduled for yesterday, Jan. 2, was waived. Jean Pierre Nougis is representing San Nicolas and Joseph Horey is representing Buniag.

The two will be arraigned on Jan. 7, 2019.

According to a declaration of probable cause by drug enforcement task force officer Maynard D Reyes, Buniag allegedly allowed the use of his postal box in order to bring in the drug that allegedly belonged to San Nicolas.

A U.S. Postal Service package addressed to Buniag that he said contained items for his daughter was intercepted during routine customs inspection on Dec 20, 2018, at about 9:30am and a customs officer allegedly found it contained the illegal drug.

According to the declaration, Customs officers found a Folgers coffee container in the package and noticed that the seal of the container had been tampered with.

When Buniag was asked about the container, he said that someone else owned the package and he did not know what it contained.

Customs officers then unsealed the container and poured the contents into a trash bag, uncovering two separate packages inside the container.

After inspecting the contents of the package, customs officers found a crystalline substance that later tested presumptive positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Buniag was then detained and questioned.

Buniag told officers that about a month prior, an acquaintance asked to use his mailbox and for him to receive mail on behalf of San Nicolas. Buniag agreed on a condition that he gets paid.

Buniag said that approximately two weeks after, he contacted San Nicolas and told him not to use his mailbox because he was worried that it was for illegal purposes. San Nicolas allegedly told Buniag it was too late because the package had already been sent.

Buniag showed officers his text messages with San Nicolas about the package deal.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.
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