News Release
October 15, 2009
Contact: SA Mike Williams
Public Information Officer
Number: 213-276-3033

Four Arrests Following an 18-Month Drug Investigation
in Saipan, NMI

OCT 15 -- (SAIPAN, NMI) LEONARDO M. RAPADAS, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and NMI, together with Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in Los Angeles, California, announced the arrest of JAWN JOYNER, SHEREE DEMAPAN DIAZ, VICENTE CABRERA and JUAN “JUN” ADA. The arrests are the latest in a series arising out of a pair of 18-month-long Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigations by Federal law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service (USMS), and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The arrests follow last month’s arrests and indictments of HUANG, BIAO; LIAN SHENG; HUANG YA BIN; LIN, CHUN MEI; DEXTER MARATITA; DAMIEN PUA; JULITA SABLAN; INOS F. GERMINARO; ROQUE NORITA; and PETER R. REYES, JR.

The arrests were made without incident pursuant to arrest warrants issued by the U.S. District Court.

JAWN JOYNER, SHEREE DEMAPAN DIAZ and VICENTE CABRERA are charged with Drug Conspiracy and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute for methamphetamine or “ice” sales to the DEA during 2008 and 2009.

JUAN “JUN” ADA is charged with three counts of Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute for methamphetamine or “ice” sales to the DEA in 2009.

ROQUE NORITA, INOS GERMINARO, and JULITA SABLAN were charged last month with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Distribution of Methamphetamine Within 1000 Feet of a School, and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. Norita was indicted separately for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person for allegedly selling a Colt AR-15 rifle to the ATF, and for possession of a Japanese rifle, while being a convicted felon.

DEXTER ULLOA MARATITA was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person for allegedly selling a Colt .25 caliber handgun to the ATF, while being a convicted felon.

DAMIEN PUA was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person for allegedly selling a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver to the ATF, while being a convicted felon. PUA pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court earlier this week.

HUANG BIAO and LIAN SHENG were indicted by the grand jury last month for Drug Conspiracy and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute after they sold a kilogram of “ice” to undercover Federal agents. HUANG YA BIN was indicted for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute for selling 14.1 grams of “ice” to the DEA, and LIN CHUN MEI was indicted on two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute for distribution of a total of 54 grams of “ice” to the DEA.

U.S. Attorney Rapadas reiterated his office’s commitment to getting guns and drugs +and those who traffic in them +off the streets. “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to providing safe neighborhoods for the people of the CNMI,” said Rapadas. “Because of the nature of OCDETF investigations, the number of suspects, the difficulty in penetrating their organizations, which in this instance was made even more difficult by the involvement of public servants including police officers and firefighters, the ease with which illegal drugs and guns can be hidden, the foreign sources of the drugs, and the tremendous amount of hours and agency resources that are required to observe and document drug buys, we cannot always bring charges or make arrests right away. The needs of the overall investigation, including maintaining the anonymity of the confidential sources we use for as long as possible, must take priority, so that law enforcement can cast a wide net over as many criminals as possible.” Rapadas said the joint investigations are still ongoing, and may result in further charges being filed against additional defendants in the months to come.

Timothy Landrum, Special Agent in Charge for DEA’s Los Angeles office, said “For too long, these drug dealers have poisoned out streets and put fear into innocent people across our communities. These arrests dismantle this drug mob and should significantly impact drug-related crime in the communities where these organizations operated.  DEA along with our federal, state and local partners will continue to pursue and attack criminal organizations that wreak havoc on our streets and intimidate local residents.”

Members of the public are reminded that the Indictments are only accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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