Two get $100K bail each for drug trafficking


A bail of $100,000 was imposed on each of two men who were arrested for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine or “ice.”

Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan imposed last week a $100,000 cash bail each on James Q. Reyes, 47, and George T. Manglona, 39, two of four who were arrested for alleged “ice” trafficking.

Both Reyes and Manglona are set for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 26 at 9am and will be arraigned before Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja on March 12 at 9am.

The two other individuals who were arrested were Miriam B. Buatis, 47, and Carrie Jane DLR Ada, 39. A warrant of arrest is still out for Juan Sablan Ada, 43, who has yet to be found.

After learning from CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force informants that all four were allegedly selling “ice,” DETF officers obtained surveillance authorization from the court and conducted separate investigations and buy-walk operations.

According to court documents, Manglona sold $300 worth of methamphetamine to a cooperating informant during a sting operation last January.

Quitugua, on two occasions, allegedly sold methamphetamine to a cooperating informant in January and March 2019, court documents stated.

Both defendants were released after they agreed to assist the CNMI government in other drug-related cases. However, both were not able to provide substantial cooperation so the Attorney General’s Office asked the court to revoke their temporary release.

According to a press release from the Department of Public Safety, the CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force executed four arrest warrants for Reyes, Manglona, Ada, and Buatis on Feb. 17 for illegal possession and trafficking of a controlled substance.

The arrests were made pursuant to arrest warrants issued by the Superior Court judges with bail for each defendant at $100,000.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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