U.S. Attorney files opposition to Yona mayor's motion for release
The U.S. Attorney's office has filed an opposition to defendant, Yona Mayor Jesse Blas' motion for revocation of detention.
Blas is charged in federal court with six counts of extortion and seven counts of travel act bribery for allegedly permitting a confidential informant posing as a drug trafficker to use village mailboxes to smuggle in drugs.
Last week his attorney, Joseph Rozzano filed the motion for revocation and argued that "danger to the community" is not a reason for his detainment prior to trial. However, the government argues that it should be denied, and that witness testimony presented evidence that Blas is harm to the community and has ties to local law enforcement and drug traffickers.
Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan ordered the pretrial detention. Trial was scheduled for Dec. 2.