Cook pleads guilty to ‘ice’ possession

A restaurant cook who was arrested by CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force officers last June for allegedly selling methamphetamine or “ice” in Garapan has pleaded guilty to illegal possession.

Joselito Pineda Sioco, 47, also known as Jojo, pleaded guilty last week as part of a plea deal with the government. He will be sentenced on Nov. 15, 2017.

Assistant public defender Shoshanah D. Epstein is counsel for Sioco. Assistant attorney general Jonathan Glass is counsel for the government.

According to the plea deal, Sioco was found in possession of .8 gross grams of meth on April 4, 2017.

Task force officer George Fleming David stated in his report that they investigated last March 27 the drug activities in Garapan involving Sioco.

David said their “cooperating source” managed to buy $170 worth of 0.8 gross grams of “ice” from Sioco during a “buy-walk” operation at his barracks in Garapan last April 4.

David said their “cooperating source” was able to purchase $170 worth of 0.8 gross grams of “ice” from Sioco during the second “buy-walk” operation at his barracks last April 5.

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 ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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