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3 arrested on ‘ice’ trafficking charges

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THREE individuals accused of selling methamphetamine or “ice” were brought before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho on late Wednesday afternoon for a bail hearing.

Judge Camacho imposed a $100,000 cash bail on each defendant.

The CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force or DETF said that after learning from informants that the defendants were selling “ice,” it conducted separate investigations and buy-walk operations as authorized by the court.

The defendants are Lijun Dong aka Jhem or Papa, 50; Yanfeng Yu aka Brother, 40; and Xuefen Lang aka Mom, 43. They were each charged by the Attorney General’s Office with possession and trafficking of a controlled substance.

 

 The three individuals arrested on “ice” trafficking charges enter the judicial building in the custody of Corrections officials on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Bryan Manabat

According to the DETF, Lijun Dong on four occasions sold five grams of methamphetamine worth about more than $1,000 to a cooperating informant.

The DETF stated that Yanfeng Yu aka Brother also sold 5.9 grams of methamphetamine worth more than $1,000 to an informant in a single buy-walk operation.

The DETF noted that the first attempt to catch Yu selling methamphetamine failed.

As for Xuefen Lang, aka Mom, the DETF stated that she sold the cooperating informant a “fake” crystalline substance purported to be methamphetamine in the first attempt to catch her in Feb. 2020.

On May 15, 2020, Lang sold one gram of methamphetamine worth $350 to an informant, the DETF added.

Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds, at the hearing, appeared for the government while the Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent the three defendants.

Court documents did not indicate if the three defendants were working together. They were remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections after the hearing.

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