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2 women arrested in separate ‘ice’ cases

FORTY-FIVE grams of methamphetamine or ice with a street value of $32,000 was seized from Sharee Diaz Joyner, 42, after a routine inspection by customs officials on passengers arriving from Rota at the Saipan commuter airport.

In a separate case, Xyleene Dela Rosa Palacios, 33, was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Task Force for selling methamphetamine or “ice” in two separate occasions.

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Joyner was arrested on Feb. 14, 2019.

According to the prosecution, during the customs inspection at the Saipan commuter airport, a K9 responded to a handbag belonging to Joyner.

Customs officials inspected the handbag and found a Ziploc bag wrapped with paper and clear wrap along with cosmetics. The content of the Ziploc bag was a white crystalline substance which tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

After her arrest, Joyner waived her constitutional rights and signed a stipulation with the government. She agreed to assist law enforcement as a confidential informant. In return she was released under her own recognizance under certain conditions.

But according to the government, Joyner has not cooperated with law enforcement in ongoing investigations, and she has not provided substantial and accurate information to law enforcement officers.

The government asked the Superior Court to revoke Joyner’s release conditions and re-issue a warrant for her arrest.

The court granted the government’s request.

At a bail hearing before Judge Wesley Bogdan on Wednesday, Sept. 18, Joyner appeared in custody, but was later released to a third-party custodian, her husband, after posting 10 percent of the $1,000 cash bail.

Joyner, through Assistant Public Defender Jean Pierre Nogues who represented her in the proceedings, waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Judge Bogdan ordered Joyner to return to court on Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. for her arraignment. He also imposed a curfew on the defendant from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds appeared for the government.


As for the case of Xyleene Dela Rosa Palacios, the Drug Enforcement Task Force said it conducted two controlled buy-walk operations in Chalan Kanoa in December 2018 with two different cooperating informants who bought “ice” from the defendant.

On Sept. 16, 2019, the government asked the Superior Court to unseal Palacios’ case and revoke her release under her own recognizance, saying that she had failed to comply with a stipulation which required her to collaborate and provide information regarding illegal drug activities.

The court granted the government’s request and re-issued an arrest warrant for Palacios who was charged with trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

At a bail hearing on Thursday before Judge Wesley Bogdan, Palacios appeared in the custody of the Department of Corrections and was represented by Assistant Public Defender Jean Pierre Nogues. Assistant Attorney Chester Hinds appeared for the government.

Palacios was ordered by Judge Bogdan to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m., and on Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. for her arraignment.