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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, April 24, 2010

3 more convicted in Maui's largest drug seizure

Advertiser Staff

Three more defendants have been convicted in connection with the largest drug seizure in Maui history.

A federal jury in Fresno, Calif., has found Eustorgio Flores, Pioquinto Larios Santacruz and Rodolfo F. Suarez Jr. guilty of drug conspiracy. They face a minimum of 20 years to a maximum of life imprisonment.

Five other California defendants, including Flores' wife, Hortencia, entered guilty pleas before trial.

Police recovered 18 pounds of cocaine and 6 pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth more than $1 million when they raided Patrick Aniban's Kahului home in January 2007.

Aniban was sentenced to 20 years in prison. At least three other defendants, including his wife, Ohia, were also convicted.