Woman admits to using ‘ice,’ fails to appear at several drug testing


A woman who is charged with lying to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and is on pre-trial release allegedly used methamphetamine or “ice” and failed to appear at several scheduled random drug testing.

As this developed, attorney Michael N. Evangelista, court-appointed counsel for Evengelyn E.C. Jones, requested the U.S. District Court for the NMI on Friday to allow him to withdraw as attorney for Jones.

Evangelista told the court last week that recent events have made it clear he can no longer serve as counsel for Jones, and that professional consideration require him to withdraw. He did not specify whether he was referring to Jones’ alleged “ice” use and failure to report for drug testing.

U.S. Probation Officer Gregory F. Arriola stated in his declaration filed Thursday that Jones was arrested on an indictment charging her with one count of visa fraud and was released last Nov. 24 on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Arriola said during her release, Jones admitted to using “ice” on Nov. 21 and 28, 2014.

Arriola said to assist with her addiction, Jones requested that her pre-trial release conditions be modified to include substance abuse treatment.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona granted Jones’ request last Dec. 15.

Arriola said since the defendant’s release on Nov. 24, she failed to appear for random drug testing on Dec. 16, 18, 20, 28, and 30, 2014.

Arriola said that, on Dec. 16 and 18, Jones informed the treatment vendor that she was unable to report to their office because she was sick.

Arriola said Jones, however, failed to contact them on Dec. 20, 28, 30, and 31 to provide a reason for her absence.

The probation officer said that last Jan. 5, the treatment vendor notified him that Jones failed to appear for random drug testing earlier that day.

According to the indictment, on Sept. 16, 2010, Jones stated in a Form I-130 that an individual known as K.Y.O. was her “husband/wife”—a representation she knew was false in that she had divorced K.Y.O. in 2006.

Form I-130 refers to a U.S. citizen’s petition for an alien relative.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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