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Big Island man gets 25 years for meth smuggling

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:39 a.m. HST, Jul 09, 2013

A Big Island man has been sentenced to 25 years in a federal prison for two drug offenses.

A federal judge in Honolulu sentenced Uiki Teaupa, of Kona, on Monday. A jury found him guilty in March of drug conspiracy and the distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Teaupa, 42, made at least eight trips to the mainland between 2009 and 2012. Authorities say he obtained more than 20 pounds of meth during those trips, giving the drugs to a distributor on the Big Island.

Teaupa's arrest came after a two-year joint investigation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hawaii County Police Department.

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allie wrote:
glad he went to federal court. Local judges are way too lenient. This is a serious crime that endangered the lives of hundreds of people.
on July 9,2013 | 08:45AM
Mahalo wrote:
Theres more drugs in prison than on the streets he will shortly become the big man on campus and have his operation up and running again.. but this time we the tax payers get to pay for it..
on July 9,2013 | 10:43AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Good! Now keep him locked up for the whole 25 years.

Meth is poison and ruins lives.

on July 9,2013 | 12:30PM
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