Drug trafficking charges are dismissed


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho dismissed Wednesday an information charging a man of alleged trafficking crystal methamphetamine or “ice.”

Camacho dismissed the case against Huaishu Wang without prejudice, following a motion by assistant attorney general Chester Hinds. This means the Office of the Attorney General may re-file the case.

The information, which was filed last June 26, charged the 38-year-old Wang with trafficking of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit trafficking of a controlled substance, and illegal possession of a controlled substance.

In his motion to dismiss filed Wednesday, Hinds said the government believes it is in the interest of justice to dismiss this case without prejudice. He did not elaborate.

At the scheduled preliminary hearing last June 26, Nicole M. Torres-Ripple appeared as the court-appointed counsel for Wang. Camacho relieved Torres-Ripple as the court-appointed counsel for Wang after he was informed that the defendant has hired Janet H. King as his lawyer. The preliminary hearing was supposed to continue last Wednesday.

According to the information, Wang engaged in trafficking and conspiracy to commit trafficking methamphetamine on Saipan last Dec. 19.

Wang was allegedly found in possession of “ice” last June 18. According to court documents, CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force members arrested Wang and Shuo Qiu on Navy Hill last June 18 on the same charges.

DETF allegedly managed to purchase during a “controlled buy operation” 3.6 gross grams of “ice” worth $1,200 from Wang in Garapan last Dec. 19.

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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