Local man pleads guilty to cocaine, meth charges

Drugs worth more than $100,000 confiscated in mail

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009

A 26-year-old Juneau man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiring to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine in the capital.

Tamafaiga Lancelot Maefau pleaded guilty in Anchorage to shipping a package from California to Juneau last year containing one kilogram of cocaine and 282 grams of methamphetamine. Cocaine has a street value of $100 a gram and meth about $150 a gram, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea "Aunnie" Steward told the court that Maefau and Finau flew to California on several occasions to buy drugs and then sent them back to Juneau through the mail for distribution. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service confiscated the drugs from a package sent Feb. 13, 2008.

"It was significant quantities (of drugs) for the Juneau area," Steward said.

The U.S. Marshals are searching for a co-conspirator, Juneau resident Priscilla Finau, who has been indicted on the same felony charge. Anyone with information or knowledge about the whereabouts of Finau are encouraged to contact Deputy U.S. Marshal Rochelle Liedike at 907-271-5154 or the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600.

The Juneau Police Department also was involved in the investigation.

Maefau faces up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million dollar fine, with a minimum of five years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess scheduled sentencing for Oct. 30 in Anchorage.

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