Man allegedly sold gun; yields 5 more firearms, bullets, ‘ice’


Police arrested in Dandan on Tuesday a 31-year-old man who was allegedly found in possession of six unregistered rifles, 34 knives, two bayonets, 98 different types of bullets, and more than 5 grams of methamphetamine or “ice.”

Don Sanchez was taken to Superior Court yesterday on charges of manufacture, sale or possession of firearms and dangerous devices; possession and carrying of firearms, and trafficking and possession of controlled substance.

Don Sanchez

Don Sanchez

Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $100,000 cash bail and set the preliminary hearing for June 30.

Assistant public defender Mathew Meyer was appointed as counsel for Sanchez.

Department of Public Safety acting spokesman Jason Tarkong said the weapons and $1,000 worth of “ice” were seized during a search at Sanchez’s residence along Flame Tree Road in Dandan.

Tarkong said the operation was in line with DPS Commissioner James C. Deleon Guerrero’s war on “ice.”

He said the raid was conducted by DPS in collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Commonwealth Ports Authority, CNMI Customs Services, and the Homeland Security Investigations.

Tarkong said the joint operation was launched after Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio issued a search and arrest warrant for firearms and drugs against Sanchez.

Tarkong said police detective Jesus K. Wabol requested for the search and arrest warrant after receiving information that Sanchez was involved in selling guns.

Wabol said that last Saturday, a “cooperating defendant” disclosed that Sanchez offered to sell him an M1 rifle.

Wabol said the following day the “cooperating defendant” revealed that Sanchez was willing to sell the gun for $300.

The detective said police and CNMI-DEA Task Force conducted a monitored buy operation against Sanchez on Tuesday using the “cooperating defendant.”

Wabol said the “cooperating defendant” managed to buy from Sanchez the M1 rifle with three bullets and one magazine. It was Sanchez’s cousin who allegedly received the money.

The “cooperating defendant” was allegedly found a residue of “ice” from his car.

Authorities then raided Sanchez’s house, where they recovered more guns, “ice,” and other weapons.

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

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