Probationer gets 30 months in prison for ‘ice’ possession


A probationer who pleaded guilty plea to illegal possession of methamphetamine or “ice” was slapped with two years and six months in prison.

Jameson Palacios Hemley was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. He was also directed to serve six months of his suspended sentence for violating the terms and conditions of his probation in three traffic cases, with credit for 10 months of time served. That means Hemley shall be released from the Department of Corrections on Feb 1, 2019. He was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Last Jan. 10, Hemley pleaded guilty.

According to the basis of the plea deal, Hemley possessed 0.5 gross grams of crystal methamphetamine on Saipan on March 18, 2016.

Assistant attorney general Chester Hinds appeared for the government at the hearing. Assistant public defender Michael Sato served as counsel for the defendant.

Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Hemley on April 28, 2016, for illegal possession and trafficking of “ice.” He was later released after agreeing to cooperate with task force investigation against illegal drugs. He later reneged on the agreement.

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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