Drug case vs man allegedly wanted by Interpol dismissed


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho yesterday dismissed the criminal case against Li Qiran, a 29-year-old Chinese man who allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine or “ice” and marijuana after he was pulled over by a police detective on a road in Garapan.

Camacho dismissed the case against Qiran after assistant attorney general Shannon R. Foley moved to dismiss the case without prejudice, which means the government may re-open the matter.

Foley said as a result of defendant’s current involvement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the government believes that it is in the best interest to dismiss this case.

Apparently, there is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold for Qiran at the Department of Corrections.

The police report did not mention why Qiran, a tour guide and a taxi driver, is wanted by Interpol.

According to a police detective, police officers were dispatched at 6pm last Dec. 23 to assist police detective Jesse Dubrall for a violator stop on a car, which was being driven by Qiran, who is allegedly wanted by Interpol.

Officers saw the car along Middle Road in Garapan and pursuit it until Asucena Avenue near Garapan Market.

When the officers patted down Qiran and his passenger, Joshua Sablan Diaz, officers allegedly found a crystal-like substance on Diaz’s cargo pocket.

Dubrall allegedly found underneath the driver’s seat of the car a bag containing baggies with crystal-like substance and green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

Dubrall also found in the car a “large amount of money.”

The crystal-like substance weighing 0.3 gross grams was tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

Diaz was also arrested.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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