The charges against two of four men arrested in connection with an alleged clandestine methamphetamine lab on Saipan were dismissed without prejudice on Monday.
Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo handed down the decision after assistant attorney general Jonathan Robert Glass Jr. moved for the voluntary dismissal of the charges against Vincent David Cabrera Jr. and Eugene Blas Repeki.
The government is allowed to re-file the case in the future.
Cabrera and Repeki, along with Sidney Capelle Kani and Rick U. Omar Jr. are facing separate charges in federal court arising from their operation of an alleged “ice” laboratory.
Govendo ordered that the custody of Cabrera and Repeki be transferred to the U.S. Marshal and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
In the CNMI government’s motion for voluntary dismissal, Glass said the U.S. government is prosecuting the case against Cabrera and Repeki.
In the Superior Court case, Cabrera and Repeki were charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance.
The detention hearing for Cabrera, Repeki, Kani, and Omar in the federal case was held yesterday, Tuesday, before the U.S. District Court for the NMI.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force and Customs officers arrested the four and searched the alleged clandestine “ice” laboratory in a hotel room and at a Dandan home last Feb. 25.