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Jury finds Maui, Big Isle men guilty of methamphetamine trafficking

A federal jury has found Jeffrey Javier, 58, of Kahului, Maui, and Reynaldo Agudo, 45, of Keaau guilty after a five-day trial in U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

Javier and Agudo were both convicted of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on Maui between 2004 and 2009, according to a U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney District of Hawaii office media statement. Javier was also convicted of attempting to possess 80 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on June 5, 2007.

Florence T. Nakakuni, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said the evidence presented at trial showed that Javier and Agudo agreed with other individuals to distribute methamphetamine that was sent from California, via express mail services, to Maui during 2006 and 2007. The evidence also established that Javier and another individual financed the shipment of 80 grams of pure methamphetamine which was intercepted at Honolulu Airport on June 5, 2007, by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Javier and Agudo both face up to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum ten year term of imprisonment, on each charge when they are sentenced by District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi in August, according to the office.

The investigation that resulted in the charges in the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Narcotics and Vice Division of the Maui Police Department, according to the office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Muehleck handled the prosecution.