Sablan named to ‘ice’ task force


House Speaker Joseph Deleon Guerrero has named Fiscal Committee chair Rep. Antonio Sablan to represent the House on the interagency War on Ice Task Force.

Guerrero told reporters yesterday that Sablan would aid in the enforcement of laws, and also help the new task force, as Sablan is the House chairman on Ways and Means.

Guerrero said the recently established CNMI drug court is intended to provide a program wherein those caught with drugs would be put in programs for rehabilitation so that the CNMI could reduce the number of drug users.

“You try to do away with the demand and the supply should be impacted because of that. As long as there is a demand, these traffickers will continue to bring in drugs or ice,” he said.

Guerrero called it a multi-pronged operation. “One would be the users. The other would the traffickers. And the third one would be stopping it at our borders,” he said.

In Nov. 17, acting governor Ralph DLG Torres sent a letter to the House to officially request a House representative on the task force. Gov. Eloy S. Inos created the task force through an executive in October.

Torres, in his letter, said the task force’s inaugural meeting would be held on Dec. 4 at the Office of the Governor’s conference room on Capital Hill.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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