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Under ‘Operation Crystal Shield,’ 8 Hawaii residents accused of smuggling meth arrested

James Ferreira and Jay Pagay
Source: Hawaii News Now

Honolulu, HAWAII — Authorities have arrested eight Hawaii residents suspected in an illegal drug ring.

Federal prosecutors say the suspects are tied to a Mexican meth ring that smuggled drugs to the islands.

Those arrested included 51-year-old James Ferreira, known as “Uncle,” and 54-year-old Jay Pagay, who were named as distributors.

Other suspects listed were identified as James Demello, Patrick Ribuca, Jeremy Javillo, Lisa Hong, Brandon Perreira, and Daniel Kushiyama, along with two others from the west coast.

“Every pound of methamphetamine seized represents an American life saved from drug abuse and addiction. Every dollar and profit seized restricts their ability to function and every weapon taken of the street means less violent crimes in our community,” Michael Davis, DEA Special Agent in Charge, said.

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