CNMI JURY FINDS MAN GUILTY FOR ICE TRAFFICKING

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Qun Yu’s sentencing set for June 29

By Andrew O. De Guzman SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, May 2, 2011) – In the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI), Jurors on Friday convicted a 44-year-old man of trafficking and conspiracy to commit trafficking of "ice," and assaulting three police officers using a vehicle during a 20-minute high speed car chase on Saipan last year.

Judge David A. Wiseman also found Qun Yu, also known as Papasang, guilty of two counts of possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice, and resisting arrest.

Wiseman scheduled Yu’s sentencing for June 29 and remanded him to the custody of the Department of Corrections after the verdict was announced by jurors following four days of trial.

Court-appointed defense attorney Stephen Woodruff said he respects the decision of the jury, but "does not agree" with the verdict.

Woodruff said he will discuss with his client their possible post-trial action.

Assistant Attorneys General Russel Lorfing and Tiberius Mocanu prosecuted the case.

Yu has been in custody since his arrest in August last year, several days after he eluded police officers who were pursuing him. Yu was later found disoriented and dehydrated within the area of the old radar station in Marpi.

During his closing arguments, Mocanu told jurors that Yu was in complete control of the illegal drug operations.

Audio and video footage was played during the trial depicting Yu and Ling during a drug deal and the high-speed car chase.

Woodruff argued that there was no evidence or testimony confirming that Qun Yu is Papasang.

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