Maui man sentenced for distributing crystal meth

Crystal Methamphetamine

On Tuesday, Chief United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway sentenced 39-year-old John Lee Balberdi of Wailuku for being a leader and organizer of a conspiracy to distribute meth.

Balberdi has a previous felony drug conviction.

He was arrested and prosecuted after over 550 grams of pure methamphetamine was seized by Maui police in February 2009 from the Kahului residence of one of Balberdi’s co-conspirators.

Balberdi admitted to distributing another 40 pounds of methamphetamine in furtherance of the conspiracy between March 2007 and February 2009.

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