DORE participant sent to jail for 3 days for violations


The federal court has sanctioned a probationer with three days in prison for violating conditions of the Drug Offender Re-Entry Program.

At a DORE session on Tuesday, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona accepted the Drug Team’s recommendation that Vicente Aldan Sablan should not receive credit for the month of November.

Manglona ordered Sablan’s immediate imprisonment for three days.

Sablan is expected to be released from prison today, Friday, at 12pm.

Manglona, however, did not order Sablan to complete his remaining community service hours.

The judge set the next DORE session for Dec. 20 at 3:30pm.

According to the minutes of Tuesday’s session, Sablan informed the DORE team regarding the challenges that he faced in November. He apologized for not being able to complete his community service and requested that he be given another chance.

U.S. Probation Officer Gregory Arriola informed the DORE team that Sablan attended all his counseling sessions and all drug tests have returned negative except for the Nov. 7, 2016, presumptive positive result. The Nov. 7 result, however, came back negative.

The only issue with Sablan is that he has not been communicating with his probation officer.

Marianas Counseling Services counselor Crispin Sablan apprised the team that another presumptive positive result last Monday had been sent out for testing.

Manglona asked Vicente Aldan Sablan regarding his presumptive positive test result and that he was under oath to tell the truth. He insisted that he did not use any drugs.

Vicente Aldan Sablan was informed that he has to complete community service, but had only completed 14 hours of his hours.

Last January, the court again revoked Sablan’s supervised release for using “ice” anew and for violating other conditions. Manglona sentenced him to imprisonment of five days.

Sablan was then placed on 34 months of supervised release. He was later allowed to participate in the drug court program.

Sablan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced in April 2014 to eight months in prison, with credit for 28 days. He was placed on three-year supervised release.

In February 2015, the court revoked Sablan’s supervised release and sentenced him to one month in prison and 35 months of supervised release for drug use and failure to comply with the substance abuse program.

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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