Cook arrested for allegedly selling ‘ice’

CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force officers arrested on Friday a restaurant cook allegedly engaged in selling methamphetamine or “ice” in Garapan.

Joselito Pineda Sioco, 47, also known as Jojo, was taken before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho yesterday for his initial appearance on charges of trafficking and illegal possession of a controlled substance.

Camacho imposed a $100,000 cash bail on Sioco and set the preliminary hearing for June 28 at 9am.

The Office of the Public Defender was appointed as counsel for Sioco. Assistant attorney general Chester Hinds appeared for the government.

Task force officers investigated last March 27 the drug activities in Garapan involving the man, then only known as Jojo.

A “cooperating source” managed to buy $170 worth of “ice” from Jojo, later identified as Sioco, during a “buy-walk” operation at his barracks in Garapan last April 4.

In a second “buy-walk” operation at Jojo’s barracks last April 5, a “cooperating source” was able to purchase $170 worth of “ice” from Sioco.

David said a field test of the seized substance was presumptive positive for crystal meth.

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Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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  • Chika

    Name of the RESTAURANT PLEASE, and where is his MUG SHOT? No reduced cash bail on this COOK,….Welcome to the “SUSUPE LE HOTELA”

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