Drug dealer arrested, again

'BROTHER': Ruijun Huang, right, also known as "Brother," is escorted by a corrections officer Friday afternoon prior to a bail hearing. Photo by Bryan Manabat

SAIPAN – A convicted drug dealer recently released from prison has been arrested in a buy-bust operation that yielded $8,890 worth of methamphetamine, or "ice."

At a bail hearing before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho on Friday afternoon, Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds said Ruijun Huang, 47, also known as "Brother," has a prior conviction for trafficking of a controlled substance and recently was released from the Department of Corrections.

Camacho imposed a $100,000 cash bail on Huang, who was represented by the Public Defender's Office. An interpreter also was present for the defendant.

The Office of the Attorney General charged Huang with possession and trafficking of a controlled substance.

Huang was remanded to the custody of Corrections and ordered to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for preliminary hearing, and 9 a.m. March 4 for his arraignment.

The buy-bust operation was conducted on Feb. 22 by the CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force.

In a media statement, Department of Public Safety spokesperson Dre Pangelinan said during "the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, the Drug Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Chinatown. Upon searching the home, task force officers recovered 12.8 gross grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, digital scales and packaging materials. The drugs seized have a street value of about $8,960."

Pangelinan said task force officers arrested two Chinese individuals at the scene. Each is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and trafficking of a controlled substance.

The other defendant, known as the "delivery guy," appeared in court for a bail hearing late Friday afternoon. DPS did not disclose his name.

DPS said the investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272 or visit www.NMICrimestoppers.net

The CNMI Drug Enforcement Task Force includes officers from the Department of Public Safety, Division of Customs Service and Department of Corrections.