A woman involved in a drug case has asked the court to modify her bail conditions to allow her to have contact with her husband who is involved in another pending drug case.
Jashlie Nicole Camacho Reyes, 28, has requested the Superior Court to allow her to have contact with her husband and the father of five of her six children.
Reyes’ attorney, Joe W. McDoulett, told the court that his client has been restricted from contact with her husband, which constitutes to deprivation of her liberty. McDoulett argues that his client is entitled to a preliminary hearing examination.
McDoulett said Reyes should not be subjected to the substantial deprivation of her liberties while the government prepares for trial.
“The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that the defendant has committed it,” he said.
McDoulett said the government should meet its burden to show it can prove probable cause as to all elements of the alleged offenses.
“To date, the government has provided evidence only that an amount of a controlled substance was sent to the CNMI. There has been no evidence tying the defendant to the original act of causing the substance to enter the CNMI. Nor has there been any evidence to show the defendant took control of or expected the package to be delivered to her,” he said.
Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan directed the parties in the case to file additional briefs regarding Reyes’ request to modify her release conditions.
Reyes allegedly imported methamphetamine or “ice” from California to Saipan through the U.S. Postal Service.
She was charged with importation of contraband and trafficking of a controlled substance.
Reyes, represented by attorney, is opposing the government’s motion to vacate the preliminary hearing.