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3 indicted in ‘ice’ case

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THE U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Jesse Reyes Babauta, Noribel Adao Mendez, and Mary Rose Chelo Herradura with one count of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine or “ice” with intent to distribute.

The case was recently unsealed by the federal court.

According to the indictment, the three defendants, between Sept. 26 and 28, 2020, knowingly and intentionally conspired and agreed with other persons to possess meth, a schedule II controlled substance, with intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1), and 841(b)(1)(C).

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

No other details regarding the case were available as of press time Wednesday.

On Tuesday,  District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona released Mendez and Herradura on an unsecured bond

Attorneys Mark Hanson and Robert T. Torres were appointed to represent Mendez and Herradura who pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Their jury trial is set for Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.

On Oct. 9 Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe moved the court for Babauta’s detention.

Babauta’s attorney, Colin Thompson, opposed the motion, but Judge Manglona granted the prosecution’s motion to detain Babauta.

His jury trial will also start on Dec. 15.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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