Suspected ‘ice’ trafficker arrested


A man who was arrested in May 2015 for alleged possession of methamphetamine or “ice” was apprehended again last Saturday in Dandan, this time for alleged “ice” trafficking.

CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force officers served an arrest warrant on Ignacio Deleon Guerrero Demapan, also known as Ike, for trafficking and illegal possession of a controlled substance.

Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo imposed a $100,000 bail on Demapan; preliminary hearing is on Dec. 11. Assistant public defender Cindy Nesbit was appointed counsel for Demapan.

The CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force investigated Demapan last Nov. 16 after receiving information that he is selling “ice” inside his car. That same day, a cooperating source managed to buy $180 worth of “ice” from Demapan in the parking lot of a barbecue stand in As Lito. The cooperating source again bought $40 worth of “ice” from Demapan in the parking lot of a store in Chalan Kanoa last Nov. 28.

In May 2015, police arrested Demapan after he was allegedly found in possession of “ice” in his car in Chalan Kanoa.

The Office of the Public Defender, counsel for Demapan, questioned the legality of the warrantless search of the defendant’s car. There was no available information whether the case is still pending or not in court.

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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