Federal agents arrest Francisco Basa again


U.S. Marshals arrested on Tuesday a federal probationer who allegedly violated the conditions of his supervision again.

Francisco N. Basa was served with an arrest warrant that was issued at the request of the U.S. Probation Office.

Basa’s initial appearance for a revocation hearing will be today, Thursday, at 11am, before Magistrate Judge Heather Kennedy at the U.S. District Court for the NMI.

U.S. Probation officer Gregory Arriola filed the petition to revoke Basa’s supervision, saying he failed to appear for counseling sessions on Feb. 25 and March 4, 9, 10, 11.

Basa also failed to appear for drug testing on Feb. 25 and March 1, 4, 5, 13, Arriola said, and that Basa failed to follow the Probation Office’s instructions on March 5, 2015.

The court had revoked Basa’s supervised release several times in the past for violating the conditions of the terms of his probation. Most of the violations were for using methamphetamine.

In 2006, the federal court sentenced hiim to four years and six months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of “ice.” He was placed on five years of probation after completing the prison term. In May 2010, he was arrested for choking and punching his common-law wife.

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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