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By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Dec. 23) – A man will spend five years and three months in jail for smuggling over 50 grams of methamphetamine or "ice."

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Alex R. Munson on Wednesday, imposed the 63-month sentence on Young Ju Kwon for conspiring to smuggle over 50 grams of ice to Guam.

Munson also ordered Kwon to pay $100 in court special assessment fees.

Kwon and his counsel, Danilo Aguilar, signed a plea agreement with the U.S. government. He entered a guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the NMI.

Kwon pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of "ice."

Court records show that Drug Enforcement Agency special agents seized the "ice" from Kwon and Jae Young Park who concealed the illegal drugs in condoms.

The U.S. government stated that on or before June 2004 and continuing to Oct. 19, 2004 on Guam or elsewhere, the defendants conspired with other persons to distribute over 50 grams of "ice."

Kwon, Jae Young Park, Steve Kim, and Sang Mee Chun were charged on Saipan with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

In Oct. 2004, the defendants were indicted on Guam on the same charge.

Court papers state that a surveillance team followed Park and Kwon to the holding area at the Saipan airport, where the agents approached and frisked them.

The agents found that the two had condoms wrapped in white tape attached to their crotch areas. Kwon’s package weighed 172 gross grams, while Park’s had 180 grams. The substance was field tested and found to be "ice."

December 23, 2005

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