Ex-CBP officer, 2 others commended for now being drug free


The federal court has commended former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Bob Hajime Deleon Guerrero Yamagishi for making positive adjustment in his life by being drug free for over two months now.

During the third session for the U.S. District Court for the NMI’s Drug Offender Re-entry Program last week, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona granted Yamagishi credit of one month of supervised release for his participation in the DORE Program.

Manglona said as of last Tuesday, Yamagishi has been drug free for 64 days.

The judge granted DORE Drug Team’s recommendation to make a finding that Yamagishi has been in compliance with his terms of supervised release.

U.S. Probation Officer Margarita Wonenberg informed the DORE committee members about Yamagishi not missing any drug testing appointments.

Wonenberg disclosed that the former CBP officer has been serving his community service at The Salvation Army.

Marianas Counseling Services counselor Chris Sablan also apprised members of DORE committee that Yamagishi has not missed any counseling sessions and is still volunteering his time at group meetings.

Yamagishi was sentenced to time served last November after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud for making illegal cash advance transactions on a travel charge-card between July 4 and Aug. 7, 2014.

Last January, Manglona revoked the supervised release of Yamagishi for violating the conditions of his probation by using methamphetamine or “ice” last Christmas Day and other times.

Yamagishi was then placed on 35 months of supervised release. The judge re-imposed the same conditions of defendant’s supervised release so he could be rehabilitated from his drug and gambling addictions.

At the same DORE session last week, Manglona also commended two other participants—Vicente Aldan Sablan and Francisco Nakatsukasa Basa—who were found to have been in compliance with their terms of supervised release.

As of Tuesday last week, Sablan and Basa have been drug free for 140 days and 132 days, respectively.

Manglona granted Sablan and Basa credit of one month each for their participation in DORE Program.

Manglona said Sablan would be receiving a gas certificate for being the participant with the longest days being drug free.

The DORE committee found Sablan was always early in the drug testing and has shown positive behavior by never missing counseling sessions.

On the other hand, Basa’s employer reported to the U.S. Probation Office that Basa was a good worker and had no complaints.

The Marianas Counseling Services counselor Sablan said Basa always played an active role in group counseling.

In April 2014, Sablan was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, with credit of 28 days, for pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 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.

Last January, the court revoked the supervised release of Sablan for using methamphetamine or “ice” anew and for violating other conditions. He was sentenced to imprisonment of five days and placed on 34 months of supervised release.

In 2006, the federal court sentenced Basa to four years and six months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of “ice.” He was placed in five years of probation after completing the prison term.

Last Sept. 1, the court revoked the supervised release Basa for violating the conditions of the terms of his probation.

Basa was sentenced to a term of four months imprisonment with credit for time served. He was then placed on 53 months of supervised release.

The 4th DORE session will be on April 19 at 3:30pm.

DORE is a post-incarceration cooperative effort program of the U.S. District Courts, U.S. Probation Office, Federal Public Defender, and U.S. Attorney’s Office. The program provides treatment and sanctions alternatives to address re-integration into the community for non-violent, substance abuse offenders released from federal prison.

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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