Drug dealers net combined 55 years

Sunday-Lee Namuo and Marilyn Prem were sentenced Thursday to a total of 55 years in prison for various drug offenses after they pleaded guilty late last year, according to county prosecutors.

Namuo, 35, of Kapa‘a, was sentenced by Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe to a total of 30 years in prison and a $17,342 fine for three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, and unlawful use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, in three separate cases, prosecutors said.

Namuo entered her guilty plea to the class-A felony offense of promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree in December, and yesterday entered her guilty pleas to the other felony offenses before being sentenced.

Namuo’s co-defendant in those three cases, Prem, 38, of Kapa‘a, was sentenced by Watanabe to a total of 25 years in prison for four counts of promoting a dangerous drug, and two counts of unlawful use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia. Prem also entered her guilty pleas on the same days as Namuo, prosecutors said.

Prem and Namuo were arrested by police in mid-2003 in the Aloha Beach Resort-Kauai parking lot in Wailua.

Officers of the Kaua‘i Police Department vice narcotics unit executed a search warrant on Namuo and her rental vehicle based on an investigation that showed Namuo was distributing methamphetamine at various locations on Kaua‘i, prosecutors said in a press release.

Police recovered plastic packets containing methamphetamine, one packet containing cocaine, and glass smoking pipes, according to prosecutors.

While Prem and Namuo were under indictment and on bail for the 2003 case, they were arrested for the class-A felony offenses in late 2004, after an arrest of Prem for shoplifting at Wal-Mart resulted in the recovery of 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine in her bag and in the Kapa‘a home she shared with Namuo, prosecutors said.

Police arrested Namuo and Prem again on April 28, 2005, after executing a search warrant on their Kapa‘a home.

This warrant was based on a sale of methamphetamine from the home by another occupant, and an ongoing investigation of illegal methamphetamine dealing by Prem and Namuo, prosecutors said.

Police recovered over $17,342 cash, more than two ounces of methamphetamine, and various items of drug paraphernalia in the home.

Prem made a statement to police after one of her arrests in which she admitted to flying to O‘ahu about three times a month, and bringing back between six and 10 ounces of crystal methamphetamine at a time, prosecutors said.

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