California man to plead guilty in large Kauai meth bust

California man to plead guilty in large Kauai meth bust
Steven Orozco (Image: Kauai Police Department)

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A California man is expected to plead guilty in what Kauai police say resulted in the largest amount of crystal meth seized during a single bust on the island.

Steve Pete Orozco II, of Stockton, California, is scheduled to withdraw his previous not-guilty plea on Thursday in federal court in Honolulu. He and his cousin, Andrew J. Martinez, pleaded not guilty last week to meth distribution charges.

Public defender Craig Jerome says Orozco plans to plead guilty as indicted. An indictment also charges him with possessing a stolen handgun with a scratched-off serial number.

Kauai police say officers seized seven pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $1.6 million during the March bust. Police say that's the largest amount of meth the department has ever seized in one incident.

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