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Court summons 2 ‘ice’ defendants who violated release conditions

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VINCE Koki Leon Guerrero and Evelyn Chong Tydingco are summoned to appear in a federal court hearing to determine whether to modify or revoke their release conditions.

U.S. Probation Officer Greg Arriola, in his petition to the court, said Leon Guerrero and Tydingco both tested positive for use of methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Leon Guerrero and Tydingco also diluted urine samples, Arriola said.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the NMI District Court  granted Arriola’s request  and scheduled a revocation hearing proceeding for Oct. 9 at 11 a.m.

Leon Guerrero, Tydingco and co-defendant Elaine Francisco Demei have admitted to picking up a package from the post office containing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine or “ice” sent from California.

Leon Guerrero, Tydingco, and Demei, in separate court hearings, pled guilty to possessing 50 grams of ice with intent to distribute.

After accepting the defendants’ guilty pleas, Judge Manglona scheduled their sentencing for Jan. 17, 2020 at 9 a.m.

The judge also allowed the defendants to remain on release with conditions.

According to the factual basis for the plea, between Feb. 15 and 21, 2018, Leon Guerrero conspired with Tydingco and Demei to possess over 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it to others on Saipan.

The package containing methamphetamine was sent from California and was addressed to “Debbie Lee.” On Feb. 21, 2018, upon arrival of the package, the three defendants picked up the parcel at the post office in San Vicente.

The methamphetamine in the package had a net weight of 110.03 grams and an approximate purity level of 100%.

The indictment was initially filed under seal on Aug. 1, 2019.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe represented the federal government; attorney Mark Hanson represented Demei; attorneys Steven Pixley and David Banes represented Deleon Guerrero and Tydingco.

Later, the court appointed attorney Robert T. Torres to represent Tydingco when Banes withdrew.

The U.S. government wants to forfeit any money or property from the offense upon conviction of the defendants.

Punishment for the drug charges includes a fine of up to $10 million and imprisonment of not less than 10 years to life.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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