04 May 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE charges of illegal possession and trafficking of a controlled substance against former Rota Police Officer Victor Val Borja Hocog were dismissed with prejudice by Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja following a stipulated request from the Office of the Attorney General.
Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds filed the motion to dismiss the charges, saying that the “commonwealth believes it is in the best interest of justice to dismiss this case with prejudice.” He did not elaborate.
On March 13, 2017 Hocog appeared in court to answer drug-related charges. Police said Hocog sold drugs in two separate locations, Chalan Kanoa and As Lito.
Police said a cooperating defendant managed to buy $240 worth of ice from Hocog during a buy-walk operation in the parking lot of a store in As Lito on Sept.15, 2016.
According to the information filed in court, Hocog waived his constitutional rights and asked for the opportunity to assist law enforcement as a confidential informant provided that the Department of Public Safety would stipulate and agree to release Hocog without cash bail on his own recognizance subject to certain terms, conditions and restrictions.
The government then moved to seal Hocog’s case to protect the confidentiality and integrity of on-going drug investigation which the court granted.
The AG’s office later told the court that Hocog had cooperated with one drug-buy operation but since then had not cooperated with law enforcement in ongoing investigations.
The AG’s office requested that the court revoke Hocog’s release, order his arrest and bring him to court to answer the charges against him.
Hocog was represented by Assistant Public Defender Nancy Dominski.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104192-court-dismisses-drug-charges-against-val-hocog