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News Release
October 12, 2006

Contact: DEA SA Sarah Pullen
Number: 213-621-6827

Hawaiian High School Teacher Arrested for Selling Methamphetamine
Teacher allegedly sold drugs to an undercover officer

OCT 12 -- HONOLULU – The U.S. Attorney of Hawaii announced the culmination of a two-month undercover investigation into the illegal activities of Lee Nobuo Anzai, a 29-year old teacher at Leilehua High School, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Anzai was arrested at 11:55 p.m. on October 10, 2006, after he allegedly sold approximately 4 ounces of methamphetamine to an undercover officer while in the Pali Longs Drugs parking lot.

Mr. Anzai was charged in Federal Court on five counts of distributing methamphetamine. According to the affidavit, Mr. Anzai is alleged to have sold a total of approximately 15 ounces of methamphetamine to the undercover officer on five different occasions. In addition, the affidavit alleges that Mr. Anzai would negotiate to conduct the drug deals during school hours and in either his classroom or on the school campus.

Edward H. Kubo, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii stated, “These are serious charges, and we intend to continue sending the message that if you distribute this poison in our communities, you will be caught and you will see yourself in a Federal Penitentiary on the mainland serving a lengthy prison term. There is absolutely no excuse for this type of conduct and we will do all that we can to protect our citizens from this drug.”

This case was investigated by the Hawaii Rapid Reduction Task Force, which is comprised of agents and officers from the DEA, FBI, ICE, Honolulu Police Department, and Sheriffs from the State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety. The U.S. Marshals Service and the Hawaii Fugitive Task Force also participated in this investigation.

Further information will be disseminated to press outlets when available for release. Please forward any questions to DEA Los Angeles Public Information Officer Sarah Pullen at (213) 621-6827.

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