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Maui Man Sentenced to
18 Years for Meth Trafficking

Updated 06:29 AM HST, August 15, 2013
Posted 07:40 AM HST, August 14, 2013
Maui Police, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Maui Police, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

A Wailuku man was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison on Tuesday for meth trafficking charges, according to the US Attorney’s office for the District of Hawaiʻi.

John Lee Balberdi, 39, was arrested and prosecuted after more than 550 grams of pure methamphetamine was seized from a Kahului home of a co-conspirator in February of 2009, said US Attorney Florence Nakakuni.

According to the US Attorney’s office, Balberdi admitted to distributing another 40 pounds of methamphetamine in between March 2007 and February 2009.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Maui Police Department, and prosecuted by the US Attorney’s office.

Sentencing on the conspiracy and intent to distribute charges was handed down by Chief US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

***Supporting information courtesy US Attorney’s Office.

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  • 101

    One down…

  • allenbam

    one down 3+ years after the fact…sadly there are Dozens more to go…

  • Okole Puka

    I guess this will give him the next 18 years to be taught every possible meaning of the words to the song “Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places”, lol.

  • coconutgirl

    I agree drug traffickers should do some time in jail, but the rapest and child molesters and sexual predators should be sentenced to long years or even longer years too. These sickos are also taking away innocent lives…its murder, the child’s life is taken. Sadly, I’ve been hearing and reading more about these incidents of sexual assaults in the newspaper lately. Please more protection for our children and women!!!!!

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