Yang Zou, 38, from Susupe, has been sentenced in the U.S. District Court to a 97-month term of imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The court also ordered Zou to serve four years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.
In addition, defendants convicted of a federal drug offense may no longer qualify for certain federal benefits.
On April 15, 2016, Zou was approached by enforcement agents of the Commonwealth Casino Commission at the Best Sunshine Live Casino. Agents wanted to question him about his chip activity. Zou immediately asked to use the restroom and, once inside a stall, placed a cigarette box containing methamphetamine into a wastebasket. The drugs were discovered by a Best Sunshine bathroom attendant soon afterwards and eventually turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Subsequent testing showed the box contained 38.6 grams of methamphetamine with a 97 percent purity level.
On Dec. 2, 2016, Zou was indicted on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (methamphetamine). A jury found him guilty on April 7, 2017, after a one-day trial.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance and cooperation of the Commonwealth Casino Commission. The case was prosecuted by Garth Backe, assistant U.S. attorney for the District of the NMI. (USAO)