2 more arrested over meth labs


Two more persons were arrested in connection with a clandestine methamphetamine lab on Saipan, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration yesterday.

In a statement, enforcement efforts led to the identification and seizure of the two methamphetamine operations and the arrest of four persons, according to DEA Guam/Saipan resident agent in charge Edward A. Talbot.

Talbot did not name the four individuals.

As of yesterday, only Vincent David Cabrera Jr. and Eugene Blas Repeki have been formally charged before the U.S. District Court for the NMI and Superior Court.

It is not clear, though, if the case against two other persons have been sealed or if they were released pending further investigation.

Federal court documents submitted by DEA mentioned two unnamed individuals allegedly involved in the laboratory operations at Repeki’s house in Dandan and at a room at Saipan Vegas Resort that Cabrera occupied.

Talbot said the DEA began its enforcement operations targeting meth manufacturing and selling activities on Saipan beginning last Sunday. He cited the enforcement aid of the Department of Public Safety, Customs Division, Department of Corrections, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the Office of the Attorney General.

He said the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office also provided assistance.

“This investigation is a robust example of local and federal cooperation that effectively leveraged multiple resources with successful results and positively impact the communities of the Northern Mariana Islands,” Talbot said.

Talbot said although DEA cannot expound on an ongoing investigation, DEA, which includes its Guam and Saipan task forces, is committed to making communities safe from dangerous drugs and violence, “so all citizens, visitors, and especially our future generations may always enjoy the beauty and peaceful environment this region of the world offers.”

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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