One case vs suspected drug dealer dropped


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho dismissed with prejudice yesterday one of the cases against a suspected drug dealer.

Camacho dismissed the case against 37-year-old Francisco R. Demapan after the Office of the Attorney General moved yesterday to drop the illegal possession of a controlled substance charge.

Dismissed with prejudice means the OAG could no longer re-file the case.

Assistant attorney general Chester Hinds said the government believes it is in the interest of justice to drop the case.

Demapan’s bench trial was supposed to start on Wednesday, May 17.

Demapan allegedly possessed crystal methamphetamine on Saipan last Jan. 10. No other details were provided in court documents.

Last March 13, police arrested Demapan after he allegedly yielded three small bags containing a crystalline substance during a traffic violator’s stop in Chalan Kanoa. The quantity of the seized “ice” was not indicated in the report.

Police said they also recovered some drug paraphernalia inside Demapan’s car.

Demapan has a pending illegal possession of a controlled substance case after he allegedly yielded “ice” and marijuana on Oct. 3, 2014.

In July 2010, Demapan was also arrested after police allegedly found in his pockets 2.10 in gross grams of “ice.”

The CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force said Demapan is a known drug dealer.

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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