VIDEO: CNMI REPORT – Ex-Lawmaker, Raymond Palacios, Pleads Guilty to ‘Ice’ Possession


Saipan – Former representative Raymond D. Palacios pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine or “ice” as part of a plea deal.

The former lawmaker was charged with two counts of trafficking of a controlled substance and two counts of illegal possession of a controlled substance. As part of the plea bargain, the remaining charges will be dismissed.

According to police reports, members of the Drug Enforcement Task Force and Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Bureau used a confidential source to buy $200 worth of “ice” from Palacios in two transactions on Oct. 19, 2011.

Superior Court associate judge Perry B. Inos set Palacios’ sentencing for March 19, 2013 at 9am.

Illegal possession of a controlled substance carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail, not subject to suspension, parole, or probation, and fine of $2,000.