Man sentenced for meth trafficking on Maui, will be deported

Ruben Settle

A man from Mexico has been sentenced to 17.5 years (210 months) in prison for planning to distribute drugs on Maui.

Ruben Settle, 38, pleaded guilty on March 12 to possessing with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of crystal methamphetamine and was sentenced on June 29 by Chief District Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

Florence T. Nakakuni, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said the evidence presented in court showed that Settle recruited other individuals to assist him in distributing methamphetamine on Maui, including approximately 700 grams of “ice” seized from Settle by Maui Police on Dec. 17, 2014.

At the sentencing hearing, the court found that Settle, a citizen of Mexico without legal authority to be in the United States, was a threat to the public safety based on the large amount of methamphetamine involved and Settle’s long criminal history including prior drug convictions.

After completing his sentence, Settle will be deported to Mexico for the second time.

An investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the Maui Police Department.

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