Prosecutor: Gov't 'screwed up' in Hawaii meth case

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal prosecutor in his closing argument in a major Hawaii meth ring trial says the government "screwed up."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Muehleck told jurors Wednesday that federal prosecutors "made mistakes in this case."

He's referring to the judge previously sanctioning the prosecution for misconduct, ruling the government was "sloppy" and "tardy" in providing discovery materials to the defense.

Six men went on trial in an alleged drug ring accused of trafficking hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine to Hawaii from California. The judge last week acquitted two of them for a lack of evidence.

Muehleck says evidence of a conspiracy is overwhelming against the remaining four men. He says cooperating witnesses testified the defendants used encrypted emails and code words to move drugs and money.

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