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‘Ice’ defendant Nairu Li gets 37 months

A PASSENGER who arrived on a Hong Kong flight was sentenced by the federal court to three years and one month of imprisonment, Friday, for possessing and bringing crystal methamphetamine to Saipan.

Nairu Li 45, had over 5 grams of methamphetamine or “ice” in his luggage, according to Customs inspectors.

In sentencing Li, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona also gave him credit for 177 days of time served.

In addition, the judge said the defendant will be placed in an institution that has a substance-abuse program.

After serving his time, he will be placed on three years supervised release. He must undergo a drug test within 15 days after release from prison and two more drug tests thereafter not to exceed eight drug tests per month, the judge said.

Li must also cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by the U.S. Probation Office.

He will report to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials for deportation proceedings.

In case deportation proceedings do not occur and Li is released pending further immigration proceedings, he must report immediately to the U.S. Probation Office to begin his term of supervised release, the judge said.

At the sentencing hearing on Friday, the defendant was represented by court-appointed counsel Colin Thompson while Assistant U.S. Attorney Garthe Backe appeared for the federal government.

Backe submitted to the court a Drug Enforcement Authority analysis report with no objection from the defense counsel.

Backe recommended that the defendant be sentenced to serve a prison term at the low end of the guideline range.

Thompson agreed and submitted eight letters to the court from Li’s friends, family, co-workers and teachers.

According to his factual admission filed in federal court, Li said he knew the substance that he brought to Saipan was methamphetamine.

At the detention hearing on June 28, 2017, he pled guilty to unlawful importation of a controlled substance.

Li arrived at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport on a Hong Kong Airlines flight from Hong Kong on June 22, 2017.