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COUPLE SENTENCED TO 32 YEARS IN JAIL FOR METH TRAFFICKING

Posted January 6, 2009, 08:15 AM HST Updated January 6, 2009, 08:48 PM HST
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A Las Vegas couple was sentenced yesterday on drug charges involving distribution to Hawaii.  31-year-old Benjamin Acuna and 25-year-old Anabel Valenzuela were sentenced to 32 years in prison on meth trafficking and related money laundering offenses.  U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo said Acuna and Valenzuela were leaders of a large drug trafficking organization which shipped thousands of pounds of ice from Las Vegas to Hawaii between 2002 and 2005.

In addition to the sentence, the two were ordered to forfeit $8 million to the government following their conviction in September; and forfeit five Las Vegas properties.

The case was the culmination of a three-year investigation that has resulted in the conviction of 23 individuals on federal drug offenses and related money laundering charges for their roles in the operation.

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(Posted by Wendy Osher:  Tuesday, January 06, 2009)  (Photo of U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo courtesy:  The United States Attorney’s Office-district of Hawaii)

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