Leader of California-Maui drug ring gets 27 years

FRESNO, CA (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for charges related to the largest drug bust ever on Maui. Eustorgio Flores had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison when he was sentenced Tuesday.

A Fresno jury convicted the 50-year-old Tulare resident in April of methamphetamine and cocaine distribution, distribution of meth near an elementary school and other charges.

Prosecutors described Flores as the leader of a San Joaquin Valley-based drug-dealing network that regularly supplied a Maui resident with drugs flown over on commercial airlines.

The resident, Patrick Aniban, received a 20-year prison sentence after authorities seized six pounds of meth and 18 pounds of cocaine at his Maui home.

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