Judge dismisses case vs suspected ‘ice’ trafficker


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has dismissed the criminal charge against suspected methamphetamine or “ice” trafficker Joshua Sablan Diaz.

Following the Office of the Attorney General’s request on Thursday, Camacho dismissed without prejudice the first amended information charging the 30-year-old Diaz with illegal possession of a controlled substance.

Dismissal without prejudice means the government may re-open the case in the future.

Acting chief prosecutor Chester Hinds said the government believes “it is in the interest of justice” to dismiss this case without prejudice.

Hinds did not specifically indicate the reason.

Attorney Vicente T. Salas, counsel for Diaz, did not oppose the government’s motion.

According to the charging document, Diaz unlawfully possessed “ice” on Dec. 23, 2015 on Saipan.

Diaz was a passenger of a car driven by Li Qiran, a Chinese man who was pulled over by a police detective on the road in Garapan allegedly for being wanted by International Police.

When the officers patted down Qiran and Diaz, officers allegedly found a clear Ziploc bag containing 0.3 gross grams of methamphetamine.

Police detective Jesse Dubrall allegedly found underneath the driver’s seat a bag containing Ziploc baggies with crystal-like substance and green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

Diaz has pending “ice” trafficking charges.

Diaz surrendered to police last May 19 after the Department of Public Safety sought police’s assistance in locating him for allegedly involving in “ice” trafficking.

Police detective Jeffrey I. Norita stated in his report that their “cooperating source” managed to buy $50 worth of “ice” from Diaz, who was in a vehicle with another person, in the parking lot of Dolphin’s Wholesale in San Jose on March 17, 2015.

Norita said the same “cooperating source” also managed to purchase $100 more worth of “ice” from Diaz, who was in a vehicle with another man, in the parking lot of Garage Sale in San Jose on March 18, 2015.

Norita said the “cooperating source” again bought $50 worth of “ice” from Diaz on April 9, 2015.

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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