Drug raid suspects sentenced 11 months later

Ronald Delos, arrested April 12, 2000, after a drug raid on his house, has been sentenced Tuesday to five years incarceration.

The sentence includes a mandatory minimum of 18 months on a felony drug charge related to the sales of methamphetamine.

Delos was sentenced Tuesday by Fifth Circuit Court Judge George Masuoka, who told Delos that if a person chooses to use drugs, they “pay the consequences.”

Arrested in the same raid was Linda Wong. “It was kind of a wrong time, wrong place thing,” Kaua’i County chief deputy prosecutor Craig De Costa said about Wong, who was charged with drug use (methamphetamine).

“I’m sorry for what I did,” Wong said through tears.

Wong, who had no previous criminal record, received a deferred plea acceptance from Masuoka. If Wong doesn’t reoffend in five years, her record disappears. Masuoka also gave her 400 hours of community service, ordered her into treatment and told her how lucky she was.

The judge said Wong seems to be “somewhat of a follower. Therefore, you must pick your friends carefully. Ask your attorney. I don’t do this often. I am giving you a break. I suggest you take it.”

If she take drugs again, “you can be assured you will spend some time in jail,” Masuoka told Wong.

In other proceedings Tuesday in Fifth Circuit Court:

– Jerry Ibaan, arrested on assault and kidnapping charges in last June and held on $100,000 bail ever since, pleaded no contest to felony kidnapping on March 1.

The felony charge carried the potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Prosecutors dropped an assault charge as part of a plea arrangement.

Allegations against the victim by Ibaan were never verified.

Sentencing is in May, and Ibaan sought to be released to “get his affairs in order,” according to authorities. De Costa opposed the request “because of the violent nature of the offense.”

Masuoka took the matter under advisement and promised a decision by week’s end.

Staff writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) and mailto:dwilken@pulitzer.net


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