Former Portlock madam convicted on federal drug charges

Malia Arciero
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Malia Arciero
Malia Elena Arciero

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN – HONOLULU – The former Porlock madam who said she ran an elite prostitution business for 10 years servicing celebrities, politicians and law enforcement, has been convicted on federal drug charges.

A federal jury on Jan. 9 found Malia Elena Arciero guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, two counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of distribution of some quantity of methamphetamine.


The 33-year-old Hawaii Kai resident faces up to life in prison when she is sentenced in May 4 before Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

Under federal law, Arciero must serve a mandatory minimum 10-year prison term of imprisonment for each of the first three counts and up to 20 years imprisonment on the fourth count.

Defense attorney Gary Dubin, who represented Arciero, alleged U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Ryan Faulkner framed Arciero on the drug charges to force her to use her underworld contacts to expose more illegal drug and firearms operations.

The Jan. 9 verdict in the drug case will be appealed, Dubin said.

“The trial judge refused to allow our major witnesses to testify, favored the prosecution in every way possible, and unfairly restricted our defenses. It was a completely unfair trial and I expect that it will be automatically reversed on appeal,” Dubin said in a statement to Hawaii Reporter.

Arciero filed a civil lawsuit against Faulkner on March 27,, five months after he arrested her on April 30, 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Arciero said she witnessed – and was even a victim – of his criminal activity while she worked as his informant over a period from April 28, 2013, and ended in the fall of 2013. (See the Arciero lawsuit here)

Faulkner’s October affidavit documenting Arciero’s arrest notes the existence of electronic recordings of an illegal drug buy that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents set up at Faulkner’s direction to target Arciero and her sister, Keke Arciero.

However, Arciero said it was an informant working for Faulkner and simultaneously dating her sister Keke who planted drugs and set them up.

Arciero maintains Faulkner put her in life threatening situations and forced her to use her own money for drug and firearms buys from felons that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were targeting.

In one of the most graphic sections of the lawsuit, Arciero claims Faulkner sexually assaulted her late at night in a supply closet at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division headquarters after he handcuffed her to a table. In the lawsuit, she offered graphic details as evidence of the assault she alleges.

Faulkner testified against Arciero at her criminal trial, but said in an earlier phone conversation that he cannot comment on her civil lawsuit against him.

Faulkner was a police officer with the Honolulu Police Department for 10 years before joining Homeland Security Investigations in

In the lawsuit, Arciero cited multiple times where she witnessed Faulkner confiscating as much as $200,000 in cash during various arrests, then kept the cash for himself. Just a fraction of what Faulkner collected was turned in as evidence, she said.

“No one seemed to be supervising him,” Arciero claimed in the lawsuit.

Dubin said investigators from Homeland Security Investigations have interviewed Arciero about her allegations.

A spokesperson from Homeland Security Investigations would not comment on the civil allegations.

Portlock madam notes bizarre fetishes of her clients
Portlock madam notes bizarre fetishes of her clients

Arciero freely admits she operated a successful prostitution empire for a decade, providing access to two of several of her “black books” as evidence of her 10-year prostitution empire, which began in 2001, and included 5 to 6 prostitutes whom she managed.

The 200-page manual details some names, phone numbers, emails, preferences and fetishes of hundreds of male clients and some couples, who she booked by phone and through an extensive web of several dozen escort web sites.

Her escorts, who Arciero said she protected from whims of violent pimps, accepted clients from every Hawaii County, the U.S. mainland as well as foreign countries. The escorts met many of their clients in their Waikiki hotel rooms, her records show.

A review of the books show many of her clients were white-collar professionals including physicians, dentists, psychologists, college professors and managers of prominent local financial institutions and corporations. There were also members of the military. Several men gave their full names, work phone numbers and work email addresses to Arciero, which she noted.

A well-known chef from the Food Network that Arciero describes as “loaded,” left her a $700 tip after spending $1,000 for four hours. Arciero also wrote one of her clients was and an on air personality from ESPN, whom she recognized, and another, a producer from a LA movie studio.

Several clients had odd fetishes, which she made a notation of, such as “Butt sniffer-sniffs butts”, “armpit sucker” and “spit worshiper.”

A wrestler paid her $100 for a half hour, and all she had to do was “put him in some wrestling holds,” she wrote.

One of her solicitors asked to trade an airline ticket for sex.

Another demanded his escort wear “cotton white panties, jeans shorts and a tank top.”

Posts next to some clients note they are married with kids and want to be discrete or said they just “want to have fun.” One wanted to meet her in Kaneohe six days before his wedding.

Arciero also lists reminders next to clients, such as “weirdo,” “scary”, “cheap but easy,” “big tipper”, “nice and fat”, “asshole that I hit”, “smokes weed”, “2 excited”, “blind dude”, “loves smiles and toes”, “wanted to get kinky” and “tweaker.”

While she named at least one former Congressman, a federal judge and a celebrity as clients, she did not want to disclose their names on the record.





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