Seven days of time served for using ‘ice’ again


The federal court on Thursday revoked the supervised release of probationer Daniel M. Quitugua for using the illegal drug methamphetamine or “ice” and sentenced him to seven days of time served.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona placed Quitugua on supervised release for three months.

Manglona required Quitugua to perform 50 hours of community service; not enter any gambling establishments, or engage in any gambling at all; not possess a firearm; and pay restitution of $13,999.57.

Assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe, counsel for the U.S. government, moved to revoke Quitugua’s supervised release and sentence him to 30 days in prison with credit for time served.

Backe said the U.S. government had no objection to Quitugua participating in the Drug Offender Re-entry Program.

Michael Dotts, counsel for Quitugua, stated that his client admitted at the last hearing to the U.S. Probation’s allegations that he used “ice” on July 5 and Oct. 2, 2016.

Dotts agreed with the U.S. Probation’s recommendation for home confinement. He recommended a sentence of seven days of time served and to participate in the DORE Program.

Quitugua was convicted in federal court in 2005 for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

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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