By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - A California man who admitted hiding methamphetamine in a vehicle shipped to Hawaii must spend 10 years in prison.
A federal judge in Honolulu sentenced Eric Castro Thursday for being part of a drug ring that dealt 60 pounds of meth in Hawaii between 2001 and 2005.
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. He was a fugitive for eight years before authorities found him in California.
Castro apologized to the court and the "Hawaiian community," even though the judge told him his comments wouldn't affect his sentence.