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Nine people indicted for alleged Hawaii-California meth ring

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:29 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2013

Law enforcement officers arrested seven people this week in connection with a crystal methamphetamine distribution operation between California and Hawaii.

Executing a nine-count federal indictment returned by a grand jury on June 20, officers arrested Oahu residents John Penitani, 33; Makusi Penitani, 46; Siaosi Mafileo, 32; Jake Del Mundo-Faagai, 31; Michael Coleman, 28; Michel Nguyen, 33; and Keschan Taylor, 29. The arrests were made on June 25 and 26.

Also indicted were Oahu residents Julius Mitchell, 42, who is in state custody for an unrelated charge, and 41-year-old Salvador Maciel, who remains at large.

Florence Nakakuni, U.S. Attorney for Hawaii, said the Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating John Penitani in August 2012. Penitani allegedly received “multi-pound” quantities of crystal methamphetamine from California each month. The drug was then distributed by Penitani’s co-conspirators, primarily in cental Honolulu and leeward Oahu, Nakakuni said.

The indictment charges all nine defendants with methamphetamine conspiracy, which is punishable by 10 years to life in prison.

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cojef wrote:
Wonder if any of those arrested are addicts themselves. What causes a person to want to enslave another human being to addiction? Human, yes of the lowest order.
on June 29,2013 | 07:00AM
Anonymous wrote:
on June 29,2013 | 07:41AM
bigislandkurt wrote:
$$$, $$$, and more $$$. Glad they got popped.
on June 29,2013 | 02:02PM
kaiakea wrote:
If they are guilty, hang em high. Too many people and families have been ruined because of this scourge.
on June 29,2013 | 07:44AM
These bandits do not give a hoot about who lives or who dies ....its about greed and money It as affected every levels of the Hawaii society ........Even MIKE GABBARD eldest son BHAKTI as been in jail 5 times in 2013 ....partly due to drug like theses gangsters are distributing in Hawaii This poison kill and destroy the life of thousands in hawaii alone
on June 29,2013 | 10:21AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Vermin. They need to be eradicated.
on June 29,2013 | 12:56PM
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