Removal of man’s electronic monitoring OK’d

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Posted on Sep 30 2008

A defendant who already entered a guilty plea in an “ice” trafficking case yesterday requested the federal court to remove the electronic monitoring from him as his only available possible third-party custodian has no electricity at the house.

The U.S. government, through assistant U.S. attorney Beverly McCallum, did not object to the modification of Lawrence Sablan Kalen’s bail condition.

McCallum also had no objection to the proposed new third-party custodian who has no electricity.

Having no objection, U.S. District Court for the NMI chief judge Alex R. Munson granted Kalen’s request.

At the bail modification hearing, Bruce Berline, lawyer for Kalen, urged for a new third-party custodian for his client.

Berline said the only available custodians, however, have no electricity in their homes.

This, Berline said, would not allow for Kalen’s electronic monitoring.

On Aug. 28, 2008, Kalen pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine or “ice.” He is awaiting sentencing.

Lawrence Kalen; Greggory Kalen also known as G, Goro, and Greggory Sablan Kani; and Manuel A. Sablan, also known as Manny Sablan, were indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute “ice”, and two counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute “ice.”

According to the indictment, the three defendants conspired to distribute “ice” on Dec. 1 to 13, 2007.

On Dec. 1, the defendants allegedly distributed 0.17 grams of “ice” and on Dec. 13 distributed 0.10 grams of “ice.”

Greggory Kalen had also already pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. His sentencing was set for Oct. 8.

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