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US court summons defendant waiting sentencing for using controlled substance

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has summoned Justin A. Funkugub, 35, to explain why his post-trial release should not be revoked.

U.S. Probation Office told the federal court that Funkugub has violated terms of his conditions of release, such as use or unlawful possession of a narcotic drug or other controlled substance unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner, for submitting diluted sample for his drug test, and for consuming alcohol.

Funkugub has admitted to a charge of felon in possession of a firearm, and will be sentenced on Nov. 26, 2012, according to court documents.

On July 25, 2012, the federal probation office earlier submitted an informational violation report to the federal court after Funkugub tested positive for use of methamphetamine, and admitted in writing to its use.

The federal court has scheduled Funkugub’s violation hearing, also on Nov. 26.

In the U.S. Probation Office latest petition, Funkugub admitted using methamphetamine on Sept. 15, Oct. 7, and Nov. 7.

On Oct. 13, Funkugub tested positive for morphine. When confronted by a federal probation officer, Funkugub explained he had taken aspirin with codeine, and zantac on the same day.

Funkugub said the medication was prescribed to a family member, and the treatment vendor warned Funkugub that it was illegal to use medication prescribed to other people.

On Oct. 11, 2011, Funkugub knowingly possessed a Smith & Wesson, Model 12-3, .38 caliber snub-nose revolver which had an obliterated serial number, according to court documents.

On Jan. 5, 2012, Funkugub was indicted on the charge of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with a removed, altered, or obliterated serial number, and felon in possession of ammunition, which the defendant earlier denied.

Funkugub was convicted in CNMI Superior Court on Sept. 21, 2000 for cattle killing. Funkugub was arrested again by local authorities, this time for slapping and choking a relative and firing a handgun on Oct. 11, 2011.