Ex-CBP officer positive for ‘ice’ use


A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who’s been convicted of wire fraud and is just waiting to be sentenced has been twice found positive for using methamphetamine or “ice.”

In a report submitted to the U.S. District Court for the NMI on Friday, U.S. Probation Office specialist Margarita DLG. Wonenberg said that Bob Hajime Deleon Guerrero Yamagishi tested presumptive positive for “ice” use during a urinalysis testing last Aug. 11 and Sept. 17.

When confronted with the test results, Yamagishi admitted to smoking the drug on Aug. 6 and Sept. 14, Wonenberg said.

She disclosed Yamagishi’s “ice” use in her petition to revoke his bail for violating pre-trial release conditions.

Yamagishi also failed to attend group counseling at the Marianas Counseling Services.

Wonenberg said that last Aug. 24 and Sept. 3, Yamagishi submitted to an unobserved random urinalysis but the specimen he gave was a diluted sample, showing signs of water flushing to evade a positive drug test. At a urinalysis test last Sept. 7, Yamagishi was found again to have submitted a diluted specimen.

Wonenberg said when confronted about being positive for “ice” during an observed urinalysis test last Sept. 17, Yamagishi admitted to smoking “ice” on Sept. 14.

Yamagishi pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by wire after making illegal cash advance transactions on a travel charge card between July 4 and Aug. 7, 2014.

As then-CBP officer, Yamagishi applied for and received a travel charge card from J. P. Morgan Chase. J.P. Morgan Chase prohibits the use of the travel charge for non-travel purposes.

According to the indictment, Yamagishi made illegal cash advance transactions 28 times in July 2014 and nine times in August 2014, for a total amount of $6,227.53.

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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