FBI beefs up its staff on Saipan


The Federal Bureau of Investigation has increased the number of its staff on Saipan and Guam, according to FBI spokesperson Michele Ernst yesterday.

In response to Saipan Tribune’s question about the reported increased FBI staff, Ernst said the FBI Honolulu division has made it a priority in recent years to secure resources for the Guam and Saipan offices.

At full staff, Ernst said, the FBI is better positioned to address crimes on the islands.

“As a result, the people of Guam and the CNMI should be seeing a positive impact in the months ahead,” she said without disclosing the actual number of agents.

Ernst did not comment when asked if the move has anything to do with possible money laundering activity.

About a recent police and FBI search for the possible remains of missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk at a Koblerville property, Ernst said the FBI is unable to comment.

Ernst directed the question about the Luhk sisters to the Department of Public Safety.

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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