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Woman in ‘ice’ case tests positive for drug use

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MARY Rose Herradura, who was indicted in an “ice” trafficking case, tested positive for drug use after her initial court appearance.

The information filed in court by  Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe on Nov. 17 did not provide additional details regarding the case.

In a request for summons for Herradura’s violation of her release conditions, U.S. Probation Officer Greg Arriola stated that on Oct. 6, 2020, the grand jury issued an indictment charging  her with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Represented by attorney Robert T. Torres,  Herradura then appeared for an initial hearing before District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona and pled not guilty to the charge.

Judge Manglona allowed Herradura to remain free, but set conditions including pretrial supervision, drug testing, and participation in a substance abuse treatment program.

The judge scheduled a jury trial for Dec. 15, 2020.

Arriola said after the hearing, Herradura reported to the U.S. Probation Office for a drug test and tested positive for methamphetamine use.

Confronted with the result, Herradura  admitted using “ice,” saying that she was nervous about her court hearing.

The probation office said it admonished  Herradura and told her the consequences she faced if she continued to violate her release conditions.

On Oct. 20, 2020, Probation Officer Juanette David-Atalig submitted Heradura’s treatment referral documents to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Community Guidance Center.

On Nov. 9, 2020,  Herradura reported back to the probation office to sign related documents and was “observed with having a slurred speech and odd mannerisms.”

Asked about her drug use, Herradura at first denied it, but later  admitted using methamphetamine on the evening of Nov. 6, 2020.

Herradura said a friend had stopped by her apartment to visit and began to smoke the drug in front of her. She said she asked her friend to stop what she was doing, but she ignored her instructions.

The defendant said she eventually gave in to temptation and ended up smoking with this individual, Arriola said.

On Nov. 11, 2020, Herradura notified the probation office via text message that the sweat patch she had on for monitoring purposes had fallen off. She said she was sweating after catching a fever.

She was then instructed to report to the probation office. A probation officer told her that her explanation was highly unlikely. She was then subjected to a drug test and tested positive for methamphetamine use.

Herradura admitted that she used meth on Nov. 9, 2020 and removed the sweat patch from her arm.

On Nov. 17, 2020, Herradura again tested positive for meth use after a random test, Arriola said.

When Herradura denied using meth, the specimen was sent to the national drug testing laboratory, Arriola added.

He is asking the court to summon Herradura to a hearing to determine whether her pretrial release conditions should be modified or revoked.

The court scheduled a hearing for Nov. 23, 2020 at 10 a.m.

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