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2 ‘ice’ defendants get 15 years each

VINCENT David Cabrera Jr. and Eugene Blas Repeki Jr. have been each sentenced to a 15-year prison term for manufacturing methamphetamine or “ice” through the so-called “bake and shake” method.

Cabera and Repeki, who pled guilty to one count of conspiring to manufacture “ice” in Sept. 2018, were given credit for the time served. They were arrested in Feb. 2018.

At the sentencing hearing on Friday, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said the defendants will be placed on a three-year probation after serving their jail sentences.

They are also required to perform 100 hours of community service during probation and will pay $100 in court assessment fee.

In addition, the two must submit to one drug test within 15 days after release from imprisonment and to two more drug tests thereafter not to exceed eight drug tests per month.

Judge Manglona recommended that Cabrera and Repeki be placed under residential drug abuse program.

She also recommended that Repeki, a repeat offender, participate in an educational program or vocational training program while in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Under the plea deal they signed with the U.S. government, Cabrera pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine while Repeki pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

The remaining charges against them were dismissed.

According to the hearing minutes, Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe recommended 20 years imprisonment each for the two defendants while Benjamin Petersburg and Steven Pixley, the court-appointed defense lawyers, recommended 10 years for each defendant.

Cabrera and Repeki’s co-defendants, Rick Urumelog Omar Jr. and Sidney Capelle Kani, have also pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and are awaiting their sentencing.