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Maui man sentenced to 18 years for dealing meth

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge is sending a Maui man to prison for more than 18 years for leading a methamphetamine ring.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway sentenced John Lee Balberdi of Wailuku on Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney's office says the 39-year-old was arrested and prosecuted after Maui police seized over one pound of pure methamphetamine from the Kahului home of 1 of Balberdi's associates in 2009.

Prosecutors say Balberdi admitted distributing another 40 pounds of methamphetamine between March 2007 and February 2009.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maui Police Department.

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