Man gets 1-year prison term for ‘ice’ possession


A man who was found in possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine or “ice” after he was stopped in As Lito for a traffic offense pleaded guilty yesterday and was slapped with a one-year prison term.

Walter Arellano Florencio Jr. pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman ordered Florencio to serve the prison term day for day without the possibility of parole.

Florencio was given credit for time served. He was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and $100 court assessment fee.

Assistant attorney general Emily Cohen appeared for the government. Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig served as counsel for Florencio.

According to police, officer David Hosono was doing a periodic check on Tun Joaquin Doi Road in Finasisu on May 27, 2015, and was about to turn toward Martinez Road in As Lito when he saw a tinted car in front of his vehicle with no safety sticker for 2015 on the rear license plate.

Hosono pulled the car over on the shoulder of the road near Matty’s Barbecue. The officer saw that Florencio’s passengers—his girlfriend and her baby—were not wearing safety belts.

Florencio apologized to the officer, saying it was a rental car and he does not have with him his driver’s license and vehicle registration.

The officer saw in the car some tools used to smoke “ice” so he advised the defendant to step out of the car. The officer then found a container under the driver’s seat floor. The container had 0.6 gross grams of crystalline substance that tested presumptive positive for meth.

Florencio told police that his girlfriend is unaware of his drug activity and that he was planning to sell the “ice.”

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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