Accused drug dealer released to third-party custodian

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SHARLEEN Arriola’s request to be released to a third-party custodian was granted by Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan on Wednesday.

At the hearing, Arriola was represented by court-appointed counsel Bruce Berline while Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds appeared for the government.

Sharleen Arriola

According to information filed in court, the 40-year-old Arriola has been charged by the government with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance or “ice,” which is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment and $5,000 fine, or both.

The CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted two buy-walk operations in October 2019 during which an informant bought methamphetamine or ice from Arriola.

Arriola was arrested on Jan. 28, 2019.

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