With a history of methamphetamine abuse in our state, local and federal agencies continue to vigorously pursue and prosecute persons suspected of trafficking the drug.
Crystal meth, or ice, is a highly addictive form of methamphetamine. Although smoking ice gives users an immediate high, its toxicity quickly ravages the brain, lungs, and other body parts. In Hawaii, crystal meth is a leading cause of violent crime and a factor in increasing numbers of domestic and child abuse cases.
Headlines about prosecution on meth charges are common. Last June, nine people were indicted for a suspected drug distribution ring operating between Hawaii and California.
In November, a federal jury found two Waialua men guilty on multiple charges involving trafficking of methamphetamine via express mail between Hawaii and California from 2011 into 2012. Evidence included a shipment of 852 grams of methamphetamine intercepted by federal authorities in Honolulu Airport in January 2012.
Serious drug charges related to meth include:
- Possession with intent to distribute
In the case of the Waialua men, the charges include conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute. One defendant could receive life in prison with a mandatory ten-year sentence. With a previous felony drug conviction, the other defendant faces a 20-year mandatory prison term.
Conviction on any drug charge can alter your life. A criminal record can hinder future employment, educational and social opportunities. And a felony conviction can easily lead to prison time in Hawaii.
Serious criminal charges require immediate legal response. If you are arrested on drug charges in Honolulu, seek experienced legal counsel.