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AG’s office wants court to revoke pre-trial release of ‘ice’ defendant

THE Office of the Attorney General is asking the Superior Court to revoke the pre-trial release of Benjamin Jason Inos Manglona for violation of the bail-modification order.

 Manglona, 37, was stopped at the airport commuter terminal after he was found in possession of methamphetamine or “ice” on his departure flight to Rota on April 25, 2017.

 The Office of the AG charged Manglona with illegal possession and trafficking of a controlled substance.

 In his motion to revoke Manglona’s pre-trial release conditions, Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds said the defendant violated them.

 In July 2018, Hinds said, Manglona traveled to Guam in violation of the bail-modification order.

He added that on Aug. 8, 2018, Manglona was also charged with a customs violation: importation of contraband.

 Hinds is asking the court to remand Manglona to custody.

On Oct. 1,  Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja vacated the jury trial scheduled for Oct. 9, and ordered the parties to appear for a status conference on Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m.

 Judge Naraja also allowed Manglona to appear telephonically from the Rota courthouse.

On April 28, 2017, Manglona was released to a third-party custodian  after posting a property bond on the condition that “he not leave the island of Rota and that he obey all Commonwealth laws.”

 In a previous order, Judge Naraja denied Manglona’s request to hold the jury trial on Rota, saying that the alleged offense took place solely on Saipan.