The Legislature suffered a major blow this year when Rep. Raymond Palacios (Cov-Saipan), then the chairman of the House Committee on Education, was arrested in late October during a drug sting operation. He was allegedly caught selling $200 worth of methamphetamine or “ice” to a confidential source of the Drug Enforcement Task Force and Department of Public Safety.
Palacios was subsequently released on bail. He pleaded not guilty.
At his initial court appearance, Superior Court associate judge Perry B. Inos learned that the 48-year-old Palacios has an outstanding bench warrant issued by the Superior Court on May 5, 2011, for not appearing at a civil case filed by Bank of Saipan against the lawmaker.
On Dec. 28, Palacios spent less than two hours at the Department of Public Safety after the court issued a bench warrant for his arrest for not appearing at a hearing scheduled a week before in connection with a consolidated 11-year-old civil case. He was released from DOC after posting $250 cash bail.
Palacios immediately resigned as chairman of the Committee on Education after he was arrested on “ice” charges. As of today, he remains a lawmaker.