Alleged big supplier of ‘ice’ falls, $200K cash bail imposed


A cook at a restaurant in Garapan was arrested on Saturday for allegedly selling a total of 17.6 gross grams of methamphetamine or “ice” during two buy-bust operations.

Xiongying Xu, 47, was taken before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho for bail hearing yesterday on charges of trafficking of controlled substance and illegal possession of controlled substance.

Camacho imposed a $200,000 cash bail and set the preliminary hearing for July 5 at 1:30pm.

Assistant public defender Michael Sato was appointed as counsel for Xu. Assistant attorney general Betsy Weintraub appeared for the government.

CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force Officer Rudolph C. Sablan Jr. stated in his report that a “cooperating defendant” managed to purchase 7 and 10.6 gross grams of “ice” during buy-bust operations on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Sablan said the seized substance was tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Sablan stated that last Thursday he and another DETF member interviewed the “cooperating defendant” regarding Xu’s drug activities.

The “cooperating defendant” disclosed that he/she has been purchasing “ice” from Xu for about five to six months now and that the last time was June 16 involving 25 grams worth $6,000.

Sablan said during the operation on Saturday afternoon the “cooperating defendant” was given $1,200 money and was able to buy 7 gross grams of “ice” from Xu inside Great Restaurant in Garapan.

Sablan said during the second operation on Saturday night, the “cooperating defendant” ordered 25 grams of “ice” from Xu.

Sablan said the “cooperating defendant” only managed to buy 10.6 gross grams of “ice” from Xu inside the defendant’s car in the parking lot of the Korean Church in China Town.

A marked police car later stopped Xu’s car along Chalan Pale Arnold Road in front of J’s Restaurant in Guao Rai, where they arrested him for drug charges.

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

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