HONOLULU (AP) - A California man is pleading guilty to being part of a drug ring, admitting that he put methamphetamine inside a vehicle he shipped to Hawaii.
Eric Castro pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Honolulu. According to court records, he hid 8 ½ pounds of meth inside the engine of a Jeep Cherokee he shipped from California to the Big Island in 2005.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Thomas says Castro was part of a drug ring that dealt 60 pounds of meth in Hawaii between 2001 and 2005.
Castro was a fugitive for eight years before authorities found him in California.
As part of a plea agreement, Castro is expected to receive a 10-year sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 12.
Federal Public Defender Shanlyn Park declined to comment.
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