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First case under new stricter drug penalty laws

Office of the Attorney General charged Kazuma Takada this week on eight different criminal charges including Trafficking a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree and Abuse of Family or Household Members among others.

This will be the first such case to fall under the application of new stricter laws on bail and penalties for drug related cases.

RPPL 10-40 and RPPL 10-41, signed into law 18th of this month sets higher bail fees for drug possession and drug trafficking.  The laws also raise minimum sentences for illegal drug possession and trafficking convictions and remove eligibility for parole for offenders that have had previous similar drug convictions.

Based on complaints filed, on September 10th, during a drug sting operation, Mr. Takada was allegedly observed exchanging plastic straw containing white substance with a police informant in exchange for money.  The white crystalline substance was later field tested positive for methamphetamine or “ice”.

In a later incident report, on September 24th, police responded to a fight complaint from barracks in Dngeronger, Koror.  In an interview, a Ms. Macayan reported that Mr. Takada whom she had a dating relationship with, had come to her barracks and struck her face with his fists and pointed a firearm at her head saying that “I can kill you”.

Ms. Macayan reported that Mr. Takada was upset because she had missed two of his calls earlier while taking a shower.  She was then taken to the hospital for her injuries.

According to the report, Mr. Takada was asked by the police to come to the police station  and give a report which he did, arriving there in his own vehicle.

At the police station, Mr. Takada was said to have parked his car near the old police admin station.  He was observed by one of the officers getting out of his car and walking to a tool box trailer near the old police administration station and placing something on top of the box trailer.

Officer walked Takada to the station before returning to the tool box trailer where he recovered a loaded .22 caliber handgun with five rounds of live .22 caliber ammunition loaded into the handgun, eight individual packages of methamphetamine and thirty-nine pills containing methamphetamine from the top of tool box trailer.

The eight packages of meth weighed 1.66 grams and the thirty-nine pills containing meth weighed about 3.85 grams.

The handgun was test fired and found to be in working order.

The amount of illegal drugs contained in the charges against Mr. Takada in this case far exceed the minimum limit imposed by the new stricter laws on bail and sentencing convictions for illegal drug crimes.

Mr. Takada had served time for a previous drug offense.  He is currently in custody with cash bail set at $20,000 dollars. (By L.N. Reklai)