Court imposes $20K bail on woman in drug case

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The Superior Court has imposed a $20,000 cash bail on a woman who was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance following a violation stop.

Jastalyn Vivas Camacho, 30, appeared before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho last week for a bail hearing after she was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance after she was stopped for a traffic violation.

Camacho imposed a $20,000 cash bail on the defendant and remanded her to the custody of the Department of Corrections. She was ordered to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 1 at 9am, and for her arraignment on Sept. 13 at 9am.

Assistant public defender Karie Komstock was appointed by the court to represent the defendant while assistant attorney general James Houston appeared for the government.

According to court documents, a police officer was conducting a routine patrol on Tun Herman Pan Road on Aug. 20, 2021, at around 2:10am when a sedan traveling at high speed swerved in front of his lane, almost causing a head-on collision. The sedan immediately swerved back to its lane going south.

The police officer then made a U-turn, activated his emergency lights, and followed the sedan until it pulled over.

When asked for her driver’s license and registration, the driver of the sedan, Camacho, told the police officer that she did not have her driver’s license with her.

As the police officer was talking to Camacho, he noticed in plain view a clear bag containing a crystalline substance on top of the center console right in front of a gear under the radio player.

When asked about the contents of the clear bag, Camacho said It was not hers but might know whose and refused to give names.

A Drug Enforcement Task Force officer tested the crystalline substance, which weighed 0.7 grams, and it yielded presumptive positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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