3 indicted for distribution, possession of ‘ice’

Three men were indicted in federal court for distribution and possession of methamphetamine or “ice” on separate occasions on Saipan.

Qiran Li, Yang Kang Chen, and Yang Zou were arrested and taken before the U.S. District Court for the NMI for their initial appearance yesterday afternoon.

Assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe appeared for the U.S. government at the hearing.

The indictments, which were filed under seal last Dec. 2, were unsealed yesterday.

Li was charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Chen, also known as Akam, Ah-Kong, and Ken, was charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Zou was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The indictments did not indicate the quantity of “ice” involved in the three cases.

The indictments contain the U.S. government’s notice of forfeiture of the defendants’ all property derived from any proceeds that they obtained as a result of such offense, upon their conviction.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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