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California man to change plea in Hawaii drug case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 4:21 a.m. HST, Oct 28, 2013

HONOLULU (AP) — A Southern California man is expected to withdraw his not guilty plea in a federal case involving a package containing about six pounds of crystal meth sent to Hawaii.

Christopher Woolem is scheduled for a change of plea hearing Honolulu Monday. Defense attorney Richard Hamar says Woolem is expected to plead guilty.

Co-defendant Vyra Kaopua pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute methamphetamine. She agreed to help prosecute Woolem, of Santa Ana, Calif.

She says Woolem paid her several thousand dollars to accept packages of drugs sent to her West Oahu home.

FedEx security in April intercepted a package containing drugs that Kaopua signed for.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Beverly Sameshima says the crystal meth involved has a street value of $108,000 to $138,000.

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