Ex-CPA police officer is found using ‘ice’ anew

Blames stress due to home’s during typhoon damage

Floyd Mafnas Mendiola, a former Commonwealth Ports Authority officer who was slapped with a 10-month prison term last July for methamphetamine use but allowed to remain free pending the designation of his prison facility, tested presumptive positive for “ice” use during a random drug test.

When confronted with the result, Mendiola admitted to using “ice” on Aug. 13, 2015, saying he was stressed out about the damage his home sustained due to Typhoon Soudelor, according to U.S. Probation Officer Gregory F. Arriola.

Arriola told the U.S. District Court for the NMI that Mendiola would be placed back on Phase 1 of the drug testing program and subjected to six tests a month.

The probation officer requested the court to impose no action at this time.

Mendiola, however, was warned that any further violations will be immediately reported to the court and could possibly result in his detention.

Last July, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona imposed a 10-month prison term on Mendiola for twice helping to facilitate the sale of “ice” in total net weight of 1.53 grams.

Mendiola was sentenced to just 10 months in prison—the lowest in the sentencing guidelines range—mainly because of the many positive things the judge heard about him. The court determined that the sentencing guidelines range is 10 months to 16 months imprisonment.

Federal agents arrested Mendiola on May 27, 2014, after an indictment was filed charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from Feb. 27 to March 2, 2013.

Mendiola signed a plea deal with the U.S. government. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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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