Court unseals case vs 2 other ‘ice’ lab suspects


The U.S. District Court for the NMI unsealed yesterday the case against two other men who were also arrested in connection with the alleged clandestine methamphetamine lab on Saipan.

Rick U. Omar Jr., also known as Boboy, and Sidney Capelle Kani were served on Wednesday with an arrest warrant issued by U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona.

The U.S. Marshal Service served the arrest warrant on Omar and Kani after the U.S. government filed a complaint charging them in federal court with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Manglona appointed David G. Banes as counsel for Omar and Colin M. Thompson as counsel for Kani.

Vincent David Cabrera Jr. and Eugene Blas Repeki were the first to be formally charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and illegal possession of a controlled substance before the district court and the Superior Court.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force and Customs officers arrested the four and searched the clandestine “ice” laboratory in a hotel room and at a Dandan home last Sunday.

According to DEA special agent Kirk F. Johns, it was Omar who purchased from a pharmacy a box of 30 pills of Sudogest 60 mg, a cold medicine, last Oct. 15.

Omar was picked up by a waiting car driven by a person who also bought five minutes earlier at the same pharmacy two boxes of 30 pills each of the same medicine.

Johns said records also showed that Omar purchased active pseudo-ephedrine at two pharmacies last Sept. 10 and 15.

Johns said a confidential source revealed that Cabrera, Repeki and Kani are all involved in manufacturing “ice.”

Johns said that, last Feb. 1, using their confidential source they were able to buy $250 worth of “ice” from Kani and Repeki. Kani allegedly acted as a middle man in the deal.

The special agents said it was Omar who contacted Repeki to sell $300 worth of “ice” to a confidential source last Feb. 8.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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