4 in meth ‘lab’ case plead not guilty
The four men who were indicted in federal court in connection with an alleged clandestine laboratory that made crystal methamphetamine or “ice” on Saipan have pleaded “not guilty.”
At their arraignment on Wednesday afternoon, Vincent David Cabrera Jr., Eugene Blas Repeki Jr., Rick Urumelog Omar Jr., and Sidney Capelle Kani pleaded not guilty.
Their jury trial will start on May 31, 2018.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered the parties to file pretrial motions by April 11, 2018.
The case and the initial complaint filed against the five were consolidated.
David G. Banes, the court-appointed counsel for Omar, present Omar’s mother as his proposed third-party custodian.
U.S. Probation officer assistant Juanette David-Atalig, however, asked for for more time to check the mother’s background.
Manglona set the hearing on Omar’s renewed motion for release pending trial for Monday, April 2, at 1:30pm.
The indictment charged Cabrera, Repeki, Omar, and Kani with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, and conspiracy to possess chemicals, products, and equipment to manufacture methamphetamine.
In addition, the indictment charged Repeki and Kani with distribution of methamphetamine, and manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine on premises where a child is present and resides.
The indictment charged Repeki and Omar with distribution of methamphetamine, and manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine on premises where a child is present or resides.
The indictment added a charge of maintaining a drug-involved premises against Cabrera.