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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Meth ringleaders get 32 years each

Advertiser Staff

Two former Las Vegas residents have each been sentenced to 32 years in prison by a federal court here for their role in a huge methamphetamine distribution and money-laundering scheme.

Benjamin Acuna, 31, and Anabel Valenzuela, 25, received the stiff sentences Monday from U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

Acuna and Valenzuela were found guilty by a jury in September of drug trafficking and money laundering.

U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo Jr. said evidence was presented at their trial that Acuna and Valenzuela were the leaders of a drug trafficking ring that shipped thousands of pounds of methamphetamine from Las Vegas to Hawai'i from 2002 to September 2005.

Mollway also ordered the pair to forfeit their interests in five real estate properties in Las Vegas as well as the contents of five bank accounts and a safety deposit box, also in Las Vegas.

An $8 million judgment in favor of the government was made against Valenzuela and Acuna, representing the estimated profit the organization made from the sale and distribution of 2,000 pounds of methamphetamine here.


Police and Crimestoppers are asking for the public's help in finding a 45-year-old Leeward O'ahu woman who has been missing for more than a year.

Roxanne Lacson was last seen about 7 p.m. Aug. 26, 2007, being dropped off at a Makakilo home. Police said she was known to frequent the Wai'anae area.

Lacson is 5 feet 3 and 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She has "Rose" tattooed on her thigh and "Heart" on her hip.

Anyone with information about Lacson is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.