Molokai man sentenced for role in meth distribution

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Jon Hans Kaapuni Jr., 35, of Kaunakakai, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 151 months imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on the island of Molokai.

Kaapuni Jr. had previously pled guilty on Sept. 2, 2014, to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Evidence presented in court showed that Kaapuni Jr. was a manager and supervisor of a long standing methamphetamine conspiracy on Molokai involving five or more members. He was found responsible for the distribution of 692 grams of pure methamphetamine, or “ice,” and an additional 240 grams of generic methamphetamine.

At the sentencing hearing, the court found that he was “at the pinnacle” on Molokai in distributing methamphetamine supplied by co-defendant Benjamin “Kamu” Fuller of Maui, who was previously sentenced to 168 months imprisonment in the case.

A total of six individuals were convicted for their participation in the conspiracy.

As part of his sentence, Kaapuni Jr. was also ordered to forfeit to the United States a custom fishing catamaran, as well as his interest in a Molokai real property, because they were obtained with proceeds from the distribution and sale of methamphetamine.

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