Ex-convict is found using ‘ice’ again


An ex-convict who was required to speak to school children about the dangers of drug use as part of his probation has tested positive for the use of methamphetamine or “ice.”

U.S. Probation Officer Gregory F. Arriola has notified the U.S. District Court for the NMI that Justin A. Funkugub signed an admission form indicating that he used “ice” on Oct. 20, 2014.

Arriola said that Funkugub tested presumptive positive for “ice” use during a random drug test at Marianas Counseling Services.

When confronted with the results, Funkugub denied using the drug so the sample was sent to a laboratory for confirmation testing. The laboratory’s report indicated that “ice” was present in the sample, Arriola said.

At a non-compliance meeting on Nov. 4, Funkugub apologized for not being up front about his drug use. He admitted that he used “ice” last Oct. 20.

Arriola said they admonished Funkugub for his behavior and warned him about the possibility that his probation would be revoked if his drug use continues. Arriola said no court action is needed at this time but that Funkugub will be closely monitored and any additional non-compliance will be reported to the court.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona sentenced Funkugub in November 2012 to 24 months in prison for the offense of felon in possession of a firearm. Funkugub was given credit for 40 days of time served. After serving the prison term, he was placed on supervised release for three years.

Funkugub was found in possession of a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber snub-nosed revolver that had an obliterated serial number.

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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