7 Now Charged With Selling “Ice” in the CNMI

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Saipan, CNMI –  The U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced that 7 people have now been arrested and charged over the past 10 months “on separate charges of distributing methamphetamine,” the drug known as “ice”.

READ the indictment HERE

1. Daniel A. Castro, age 32, of Saipan, CNMI, was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint. On February 20, 2014, the grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on May 29, 2013, June 20, 2013, November 6, 2013, and February 14, 2014.

2. Vicente S. Palacios, age 38, of Saipan, CNMI, was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint. On February 20, 2014, the grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on October 11, 2012.

3. Bao Zhong Wang, age 46, of the People’s Republic of China, was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint. On February 20, 2014, the grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on November 27, 2014, and December 12, 2012. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, seeking forfeiture of proceeds of the alleged crimes and a vehicle allegedly used to facilitate the crimes.

4. Hong Wang, age 40, of the People’s Republic of China, was arrested on following the filing of a criminal complaint charging him with distributing methamphetamine on March 6, 2013.

5. Le Xiang Chen, age 63, of the People’s Republic of China, was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint. On February 20, 2014, the grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school on November 8, 2012, and December 12, 2012. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, seeking forfeiture of proceeds of the alleged crimes and a property allegedly used to facilitate the crimes.

6.  Xing Bo Fang, age 46, of the People’s Republic of China. Arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint charging them jointly with distributing methamphetamine on December 27, 2013.

7. Yu Hua Wang, age 46, of the People’s Republic of China. Arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint charging them jointly with distributing methamphetamine on December 27, 2013.

READ the release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office below:

The United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, announced today that on February 20, 2014, seven men were arrested on separate charges of distributing methamphetamine. The arrests were made following the filing of federal criminal complaints on February 19, 2014.

Daniel A. Castro, age 32, of Saipan, CNMI, was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint. On February 20, 2014, the grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on May 29, 2013, June 20, 2013, November 6, 2013, and February 14, 2014.

Vicente S. Palacios, age 38, of Saipan, CNMI, was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint. On February 20, 2014, the grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on October 11, 2012.

Bao Zhong Wang, age 46, of the People’s Republic of China, was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint. On February 20, 2014, the grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on November 27, 2014, and December 12, 2012. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, seeking forfeiture of proceeds of the alleged crimes and a vehicle allegedly used to facilitate the crimes.

Hong Wang, age 40, of the People’s Republic of China, was arrested on following the filing of a criminal complaint charging him with distributing methamphetamine on March 6, 2013.

Le Xiang Chen, age 63, of the People’s Republic of China, was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint. On February 20, 2014, the grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school on November 8, 2012, and December 12, 2012. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, seeking forfeiture of proceeds of the alleged crimes and a property allegedly used to facilitate the crimes.

Two men — Xing Bo Fang, age 46, of the People’s Republic of China, and Yu Hua Wang, age 46, of the People’s Republic of China — were arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint charging them jointly with distributing methamphetamine on December 27, 2013.

All seven defendants have been preliminarily detained on the motion of the United States, pending further proceedings before the Court scheduled for February 24 and 26, 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, CNMI Department of Public Safety, and CNMI Customs and Border Protection. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ross K. Naughton and Rami S. Badawy.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints and indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.