Man who threw ‘ice’ from car gets six-month prison term


A man who allegedly threw from his car a tissue paper containing a baggie of 1.3 gross grams of methamphetamine or “ice” has entered a guilty plea and was slapped with a six-month prison sentence.

Yiwu Li, 43, signed a plea deal with the government and pleaded guilty on Tuesday to illegal possession of a controlled substance.

Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio sentenced Li to six months imprisonment and gave him 74 days of time served. Kim-Tenorio ordered Li to pay a $2,000 fine.

Li, a Chinese national, consented to be removed from the U.S. following the completion of his sentence. He waived any rights to any forms of relief from removal and will cooperate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during removal proceedings.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, on July 29, 2016, on Saipan, Li intentionally possessed approximately 1.3 gross grams of methamphetamine.

Stephen Nutting is court-appointed counsel for Li. Assistant attorney general Chester Hinds appeared for the government.

Drug Enforcement Task Force agent Roque K. Camacho stated in his report that while they were serving an arrest warrant on a suspected “ice” dealer in Puerto Rico last July 29, they noticed a man in a separate tinted car.

Camacho said the man, later identified as Li, then threw a tissue containing “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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