$100K bail set for alleged ‘ice’ traffickers

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The Superior Court imposed a $100,000 cash bail on two women allegedly involved in trafficking “ice” or methamphetamine.

Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan imposed a $100,000 cash bail last Tuesday on Carrie Jane Delos Reyes Ada, 37, and Miriam Bernabe Buatis, 45, two of four who were arrested last Monday for alleged “ice” trafficking.

The two other individuals who were arrested last Monday were James Q. Reyes, 47, and George T. Manglona, 38. A warrant of arrest has also been issued for Juan Sablan Ada, 43, who has yet to be found.

After learning from CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force informants that all four were allegedly selling “ice,” DETF officers obtained surveillance authorization from the court and conducted separate investigations and buy-walk operations.

According to court documents, Buatis was allegedly caught distributing and selling “ice” during a buy-walk operation on Dec. 10, 2019.

During the sting operation, a DETF cooperating source was able to purchase $100 worth of “ice” from Buatis at her home in San Jose.

As for Ada, DETF cooperating source was able to purchase 1.3 grams of methamphetamine worth $450 during a buy-walk operation on Dec. 2019.

Both Buatis and Ada were released after they agreed to assist the CNMI government in other drug-related cases.

However, both have not provided any substantial cooperation so the Attorney General’s Office asked the court to revoke their temporary release.

Ada and Buatis will be arraigned by Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja on March 12 at 9am.

According to a press release from the Department of Public Safety, the CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force executed four arrest warrants for Buatis, Ada, Reyes, and Manglona on Feb. 17 for illegal possession and trafficking of a controlled substance.

The arrests were made pursuant to arrest warrants issued by the Superior Court judges with bail for each defendant set at $100,000.

Kimberly Bautista | 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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