February 26, 2013
NMI U.S. District Judge Ramona Manglona ruled that he should remain behind bars until his April 1, 2013 hearing on misdemeanor charges of smuggling an endangered species and obstruction of justice.
Since his initial arrest Senator Ayuyu has threatened a witness in a civil case and was charged with seven felony charges of witness tampering, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and attempted obstruction of evidence.
Ayuyu was recently caught with a cell phone in his cell during a sweep of the prison. As a federal prisoner in possession of a cell phone Ayuyu committed a Class A misdemeanor. The phone belonged to another prisoner.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe stated that Ayuyu "threatened corrections officers" when they asked him to turn over the phone.
Read the Judge's order below: