Drug Court graduate is arrested for alleged ’ice’ possession

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A man who just graduated from the CNMI Drug Court program was recently arrested after he was found in possession of two baggies containing a crystal-like substance and drug paraphernalia.

Robert Camacho Torres, 40, was arrested in the early hours of July 12 for allegedly possessing a controlled substance that was found after the car he was in was stopped by police for a traffic infraction. A vehicle search was done later when police noticed what appeared to be a gun case in the back seat.

Superior Court Associate Judge Theresa Kim-Tenorio originally set Torres’ bail at $100,000 but during the bail hearing yesterday, Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth Govendo reduced it to $2,000.

Govendo ordered Torres to return to court for a preliminary hearing on July 24 at 9am and his arraignment on July 29.

Torres, through his court-appointed lawyer, argued yesterday that there was no real allegation against him and he was only in the car and should be released immediately. Office of the Attorney General’s Charles Lee argued that there are clear allegations made against him, according to the declaration of probable cause.

According to the declaration of probable cause, Torres was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police for running without headlights at around 3:15am last Friday.

Torres allegedly violated police orders by reaching into his pockets twice when he was ordered to put his hands on the dashboard while police were searching the vehicle.

Torres was allegedly seen reaching into his right pocket twice and reaching beneath the passenger seat, which led police to ask him to step out of the vehicle.

After multiple attempts to ask the officer why he was asked to step out of the vehicle, he complied and police found various drug paraphernalia and a baggie containing a crystal-like substance beneath the passenger seat.

Police found a used glass pipe, a yellow lighter, a half-sealed straw, a Ziplock bag containing three other Ziplock bags, two of which contained a crystal-like substances that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Kimberly Bautista | 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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