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Judge: Fewer drugs in NMI

CNMI Drug Court Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio believes that there are now fewer drugs in the Commonwealth because of the hard work of the Department of Public Safety, the CNMI Customs Division, and the CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Teresa K. Kim-Tenorio

She said she used to sign three to five arrest warrants each night for drug suspects.

“Twice I was awakened because there was going to be a raid,  and they needed me to sign warrants right away,” she added. “It has been a while since the drug task force has made an arrest.”

  She said she also learned from Customs that the street value of meth or “ice” used to be $120 a gram, but is now $1,200.

This indicates that the supply is low and that Customs officers are doing a good job at the borders, she added.

Judge Kim-Tenorio also attributed the decline of drug cases to HOPE Recovery Center, the federal and local drug programs and other agencies and organizations.

 She said in less than two years, over 60 drug dealers and users have entered  the CNM drug-court program.