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SUSPECTED CNMI ‘ICE’ DEALER HELD ON $100,000 BAIL Yiming Xu allegedly sold crystal meth to under cover agent

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Oct. 24, 2011) – Authorities have arrested a man on the charge of "ice" trafficking.

Superior Court Judge Perry B. Inos retained the $100,000 bail order he issued on Yiming Xu, also known as Dofi or Taz, a resident of Garapan.

Xu was arrested on Oct. 20, 2011 on charges of illegal possession, and trafficking of "ice." Inos issued a search warrant on Xu’s rented apartment.

The judge later denied the motion to allow Xu to post 10 percent of his bail.

Xu was remanded to the custody of Department of Corrections after his initial appearance and bail hearing last Friday morning.

Assistant Attorney General Tiberius Mocanu represented the government, while Assistant Public Defender Douglas Hartig was appointed as Xu’s counsel.

Detective Steven Castro said on Sept. 7, 2011, a Department of Public Safety cooperating source said Xu was active in selling "ice" at his house in Lower Miha.

On Oct. 18, 2011, Inos authorized an eavesdropping search warrant against Xu.

On same date, the CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force and DPS Criminal Investigation Bureau met with the DPS cooperating source for a monitored and controlled buy-walk operation against Xu.

The cooperating source was able to purchase $100 worth of ice from Xu, Castro said.

He said Xu was arrested twice in the past for illegal possession and trafficking of controlled substance.

When tested using a narcotics identification kit, the white crystalline substance purchased from Xu indicated presence of crystal methamphetamine, Castro said.

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