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‘Ice’ defendant pleads guilty

RICK Urumelog Omar Jr., one of four individuals arrested for conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine or “ice,” has pled guilty.

He was indicted for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and distribute methamphetamine where a child is present.

Omar’s co-defendants are Vincent David Cabrera Jr., Eugene Blas Repeki Jr. and Sidney Capelle Kani.

On Friday, Omar, who is on a pre-trial release with his mother as the third party-custodian, appeared in federal court for a change-of-plea hearing with his court-appointed counsel, David Banes. Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe appeared for the federal government.

 According to the minutes of the court proceedings, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona found Omar fully competent to enter a knowing, voluntary and intelligent plea.

On his own factual admission submitted to the court, Omar stated that between July 1, 2017 and Feb. 25, 2018 Cabrera, Repeki, along with others, agreed to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

 Omar stated that beginning Sept. 1, 2017, “I knew of their agreement to make and distribute ice, and I joined in the agreement knowing of its purpose and intending to help accomplish it.”

He said he Cabrera, Repeki, and Kani obtained items such as pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, cold packs, iodized salts, lye, lighter fluid, plastic water bottles, and coffee filters which they used “to make meth [that] we would smoke, as well as sell and or give to other people.”

Omar also admitted that members of the conspiracy or persons working at their behest purchased at least 95,000 mg of pseudoephedrine from local pharmacies that they turned into at least 35 grams of actual methamphetamine.

He stated that he facilitated a drug sale to a confidential source and to Repeki worth $250, and that the manufacture or distribution of the methamphetamine occurred on premises where an individual under the age of 18 was present or residing.

Upon the signing of the plea agreement, the U.S. government agreed to dismiss the remaining charges against Omar.

Judge Manglona ordered a presentence-investigation report to be submitted on Aug. 17, 2018, and set a sentencing hearing for Sept. 21, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104254-ice-defendant-pleads-guilty-2018-05-08

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