Man in ‘ice’ case gets 10-year imprisonment

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The Superior Court has sentenced a man who had pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine or “ice” to 10 years imprisonment, with five years suspended.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho sentenced Xiao Ping Wang, 44, to 10 years in prison, which is the maximum sentence for trafficking of methamphetamine.

Camacho ordered that the first five years of Xiao’s sentence is to be served day by day, with the remaining five years suspended. The suspended sentence may be imposed for any violation of law or rules of the Office of Adult Probation.

Xiao was given credit for the one year, 11 months, and 18 days that he has already served in jail. He will be eligible for parole after serving one third of the unsuspended sentence.

After serving his sentence, Xiao will be placed on 10 years probation whether or not he is granted parole.

Xiao was ordered to report to the Office of Adult Probation after completing his five-year sentence. In addition, Xiao must pay the statutory court cost of $25 and a probation fee of $120 per year.

No fine was imposed on Xiao because the court found him indigent.

Xiao was not eligible for the Drug Court program because he is a citizen of the Republic of China and is not a U.S Citizen.

Xiao is allegedly involved in a group of individuals who distribute drugs under the alias “brother.”

According to court information, Wang was arrested following two sting operations in 2018, on Dec. 12 and on Dec. 17.

Xiao was initially tried for unlawfully manufacturing, delivering, or possessing the controlled substance.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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