TWO CHINESE ARRESTED FOR SAIPAN COPPER WIRE THEFTS

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By Cherrie A. E. Villahermosa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Feb. 6) – Police have arrested the owner of a recycling center on Middle Road for buying stolen copper wire.

Quan Huang, represented by attorney G. Anthony Long, was brought to Superior Court for a bail hearing yesterday afternoon.

Associate Judge David A. Wiseman imposed a cash bail of US$35,000.

Assistant Attorney General Kevin Lynch is the prosecutor.

The police affidavit stated that Quan Huang is the owner of Huang Zheng Corp., a recycling center on Middle Road in Puerto Rico.

It added that a cooperating defendant provided information to a law enforcement officer regarding several copper wire thefts.

The cooperating defendant admitted stealing copper wires from several Commonwealth Utilities Corp. water wells, residents and establishments.

He told police officers that he sold most of the stolen items to Huang’s recycling center.

Huang, he added, knew that the copper wire was stolen and even gave him a bolt cutter to use for stealing more copper wire.

[PIR editor’s note: A related Marianas Variety story reports that an overstaying "tourist" was arrested on Friday after authorities found that he was working illegally at Huang Zheng Corp.—the recycling center suspected of involvement in copper wire thefts. Ximin Fan, 43, was brought to Superior Court for a bail hearing yesterday afternoon. Associate Judge David Wiseman imposed a cash bail of US$5,000.

Fan was arrested by personnel of the Attorney General’s Investigation Unit and Department of Public Safety at the Huang Zheng Corp. He was remanded and ordered to appear in court on Feb. 8. The affidavit stated that Chinese nationals at the recycling center were under investigation for possible involvement in copper wire thefts. He does not have a pending labor case or a temporary work authorization. The Division of Immigration said Fan has failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his entry and is a deportable alien.]

On Feb. 2, at 10 a.m., Department of Public Safety personnel and the cooperating defendant brought 20 kilos of copper wire to Huang’s recycling center.

Huang met the cooperating defendant and asked him if the copper wire was good.

The cooperating defendant told Huang that the copper wire was stolen from Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

Huang then instructed the cooperating defendant to place the wires on the scale for weighing. After the wire was weighed, Huang paid the cooperating defendant US$40.

The undercover officers and the cooperating defendant left the area and met later for a debriefing.

Huang was arrested at 6 p.m. on the same day.

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