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Kailua Man Sentenced to 24 Years Prison for Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

June 18, 2021, 9:30 AM HST
* Updated June 18, 8:48 AM
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An O‘ahu man who pleaded guilty in federal court in 2019 to drug trafficking charges was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison, Thursday, June 17.

United States District Judge Derrick K. Watson sentenced Justin K. Wilcox, aka Justin Kaanoi, aka Ali’i, 39, of Kailua, to concurrent imprisonment terms of 295 months and 240 months for his roles in conspiracies to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and commit money laundering.

Wilcox previously pleaded guilty on Aug. 5, 2019, to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Wilcox also received five- and three-year concurrent terms of supervised release to follow imprisonment.

Judith A. Philips, Acting US Attorney for the District of Hawaii, stated that according to court documents and information presented in court, Wilcox was the Oahu leader and organizer of the drug conspiracy which operated in Hawaii and involved more than five members with drugs supplied by a Las Vegas, Nevada source. The sentencing court found Wilcox responsible for the possession and distribution of 3,880 grams of pure methamphetamine, or “ice,” and 1,393 grams of cocaine.

At the sentencing hearing, the court found that Wilcox utilized his Kailua clothing company, “Armed and Dangerous,” as a front business to launder cash drug proceeds. As a result, the court ordered Wilcox to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $127,000 for proceeds that Wilcox obtained as a result of his drug trafficking activities.

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In addition to the seizure of 8.4 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.39 kilograms of cocaine, federal law enforcement agents also seized over $160,000 in cash, two firearms, and ammunition over the course of the investigation.

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A total of eight individuals were convicted for their participation in the drug conspiracy along with a ninth man who was convicted of related drug charges. All nine received sentences of 41 months imprisonment or greater, with five, including Wilcox, receiving sentences of over ten years, two of which exceeded 20 years.

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