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2 men arrested for ‘ice’ possession after traffic stop

ROBERT Camacho Torres, 41, and Derik Jonathan Reyes, 39, were arrested for “ice” possession on Friday after a traffic stop on Beach Road in Garapan.

Police said at 3:15 a.m. on July 12, they pulled over a black SUV driven by Reyes for traveling without a headlight on. Torres was the passenger.

Police noted the defendants’ suspicious demeanor and asked the two to step down from the vehicle.

Under the passenger seat, police said they found a lighter, a used glass pipe, a cutoff straw and two Ziploc bags containing crystal-like substance.

Police said they also found “ice” paraphernalia in a black pouch owned by Reyes. Police patted down Reyes and found in his pockets bags of crystal-white substance and a used glass pipe containing residue.

After a field test, the crystal-like substance found on each defendant was tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

Torres and Reyes were each charged by the Office of the Attorney General with possession of a controlled substance. Reyes (not Torres as earlier reported) was also given a traffic citation for driving without headlights.

On Monday morning, Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo imposed a $2,000 cash bail on each defendant.

At the hearing, Torres was represented by attorney Mark Scoggins while Reyes was represented by Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Boutsicaris.

Assistant Attorney General Robert Charles Lee appeared for the government.

Scoggins said there were “zero allegations” against his client except being in the car, adding that Torres should be released immediately.

Boutsicaris said her client, Reyes, had been detained longer than necessary and the bail hearing was “way outside the bail schedule.”

She said Reyes had no opportunity to be heard, adding that the Department of Public Safety “regularly violates” defendants’ rights for not bringing them to court for a bail hearing on Friday.

Torres was ordered to return to court on July 24 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing, and on July 29 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment

According to court information, Torres is a recent Drug Court graduate.

As for Reyes, he was ordered to return to court on July 22 at 2:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing, and on July 29 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.