A Palauan man facing several charges of drug trafficking was sentenced to a prison term of 57 years on Wednesday.

Assistant Attorney General Evan Robbins said a jury convicted , Arnold Buck  of several counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance with Justice Lourdes Materne mete out a punishment of over 50 years against the defendant.


Buck prison term was the longest sentence imposed after the heightened campaign against high drugs on Palau.

Buck pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

On August 22, 2016, Buck violated release conditions of his earlier criminal case 16-053 by failing to obey all laws of the Republic.

Buck was out on bail for a March drug charges but while out of jail awaiting trial , he was again arrested of drug trafficking .

Robbins said by law, drug convicts are eligible for parole after serving 1/3 of their sentence.

Buck would have to serve at least 19 years in prison to be eligible for parole. [/restrict]