$100K bail for woman in ‘ice’ case


A bail of $100,000 was imposed on a woman who was allegedly involved in a methamphetamine or “ice” transaction with her boyfriend.

Lynesia Dela Cruz Palacios, 25, was brought before Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan yesterday for a bail hearing.

Palacios is charged with trafficking of a controlled substance commonly known as “ice” following a sting operation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Task Force back in 2018.

During the bail hearing, Palacios was not appointed a lawyer yet because her boyfriend, Marco Castro, was appointed a lawyer from the Public Defender’s Office so she could not be represented by the PDO due to conflict of interest.

Bogdan said the court has a list of lawyers it can appoint but could not appoint her one on the spot.

Bogdan maintained the $100,000 bail and set a date for her preliminary hearing.

Palacios is set for a preliminary hearing on March 20 at 9am and is set for an arraignment on April 8 at 9am.

According to the declaration of probable cause, Palacios and her boyfriend allegedly sold over $200 worth of methamphetamine to a cooperating source of the task force.

Court documents imply that Palacios was in both sting operations conducted in January 2018.

Audio recording of a phone conversation between Palacios and the cooperating source allegedly recorded Palacios stating a place for the transaction and how much the “ice” would cost.

The cooperating source even told DETF officers that Palacios was in the vehicle for the transaction and was the one who showed him the drugs before he paid her boyfriend, Castro, for the substance.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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