PALAU ‘ICE’ DEALER GETS 25-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE

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PALAU ‘ICE’ DEALER GETS 25-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE

By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, March 22) – Palau Supreme Court Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong sentenced Rekis Aichi to 25 years of imprisonment for "ice" trafficking.

Aichi was also fined the maximum penalty of US$50,000.

He was earlier found guilty of one count of trafficking a controlled substance, which has a mandatory jail-term penalty of 25 years.

Aichi was charged with one count of "ice" peddling in 2003.

Bureau of Public Safety Director Hazime Telei said due to their efforts against illegal drugs there are now fewer narcotics going around.

"Crime really does not pay. I am really satisfied with the performance of our drug enforcement unit," Telei said.

He said with the community’s cooperation, more arrests have been made on drug-related cases.

Police received a tip that Aichi was selling "ice" in Peleliu.

[PIR editor’s note: Peleliu is an island state located south of Koror state, the national capital.]

Police then conducted a controlled buy using a confidential informant. The informant bought US$350 worth of "ice" from Aichi. A field test then was conducted by the police showing that it was indeed methamphetamine, court records said.

March 22, 2006

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