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Kapolei man faces life in prison after conviction in meth case

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:10 p.m. HST, Jan 10, 2014

A federal court jury found a Kapolei man guilty today of smuggling methamphetamine to Hawaii from California, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release.

The jury found Ernesto Hernandez guilty of conspiring to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetaine. He faces up to life in prison with a mandatory minimum 10-year prison term when he is sentenced on April 28.

Prosecutors said Hernandez conspired with others to ship 213 grams of pure methamphetamine to Honolulu in early May 2013. The shipment was intercepted by Federal Express security at the Honolulu Airport on May 7 and DEA agents executed a search warrant on the Kapolei home of Hernandez on May 8.

The jury found Hernandez guilty after a three-day trial at U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

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lokela wrote:
Throw away the keys. Don't need these type of people around.
on January 10,2014 | 01:11PM
saveparadise wrote:
Put em away, zero tolerance.
on January 10,2014 | 01:30PM
paniolo wrote:
Get him and the drugs off the streets.
on January 10,2014 | 01:55PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Damn, we import EVERYTHING.
on January 10,2014 | 02:15PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
This is the stupidest comment system on the internet.
on January 10,2014 | 02:16PM
RichardCory wrote:
It's bad, but there are worse. At least we don't have discussions devolving to the point where people talking about how the Jews did 9/11 and stupid nonsense like that (it happens).
on January 10,2014 | 03:02PM
BigErn wrote:
Where did you learn such a big word like "devolving"?
on January 11,2014 | 05:15AM
cojef wrote:
He reads a lot and like odd words and phrases. Nothing wrong with that. Myself like to look up words and phrases. Problem is I forget them.
on January 11,2014 | 07:25AM
kbarber wrote:
Way too much time for 200 grams. Small time guy, find the big fish
on January 10,2014 | 02:17PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
aww..he was the guy you bought drugs from..so sad
on January 10,2014 | 06:31PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Now he's REALLY behind the 8-ball.
on January 11,2014 | 02:29AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
It's official: we import EVERYTHING.
on January 10,2014 | 02:21PM
Adam1105 wrote:
The new prison industrial complex, making millions and millions of dollars off of these super long sentences, loves the "throw away the keys" types who think that by giving everybody a life sentence we can hold the number one position in the world for the country with most of its citizens locked up in prison.
on January 10,2014 | 02:44PM
Bdpapa wrote:
A lot of rhetoric, but no solution.
on January 10,2014 | 03:12PM
HD36 wrote:
Legalize drugs. Simple. You wan't to kill yourself do it. You come after me I do it for you. 30 years later and the war on drugs has been about as succesful as the war on poverty.
on January 10,2014 | 03:51PM
kaiakea wrote:
Have you ever had a family member or friend become hooked on ice, then destroy his life and make everybody around them lose their faith in God and in the goodness of the world? Have that happen to you and you will think differently.
on January 10,2014 | 03:44PM
Adam1105 wrote:
No. But there have been literally hundreds of times as many lives ruined by the purveyors of hard alcohol.
on January 10,2014 | 04:02PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Obviously you have no idea what meth is like and how quickly it addicts.
on January 10,2014 | 05:30PM
HD36 wrote:
I tried it twice. After staying up two nights I hated it and never did it again. Nicotine on the other hand is harder to quit than opiates.
on January 10,2014 | 06:29PM
DRH wrote:
No, but I like to think that no member of my family is that stupid. I had a couple of cousins who did dumb things, and were locked-up for it. In prison, they were not able to bred - a blessing for mankind as their genes were eliminated from the human genome. Count your blessings.
on January 10,2014 | 06:47PM
kaiakea wrote:
It is not a question of stupidity, unless you are referring to the natural stupidity inherent in all the members of the human race. Instead, it is a matter of making in many cases just one mistake, because there is much evidence that ice can addict after just one attempt. And maybe the removal of bad genes from the gene pool is a good thing in the overall picture, but I am talking about the little picture in terms of dealing with people one knows everyday. With that in mind it is difficult to write them off to vague abstracts like natural selection.
on January 10,2014 | 11:42PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
no - my family members may be dumb but they are not stupid.
on January 11,2014 | 06:46AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
i would just go for the death sentence..saves time and money
on January 10,2014 | 06:32PM
Bdpapa wrote:
This should happen more often.
on January 10,2014 | 03:10PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Nastiest drug known. Developed by Natzis......throw away the key, or let me have him, just have a hole in the ground ready for him when I am done. Do you have any idea how many kids have basically been ruined by this evil crap? A serious epidemic in Hawaii and many US cities.
on January 10,2014 | 05:29PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Life in prison? LOL. In Hawaii? That'll be the day.
on January 10,2014 | 08:59PM
joseph007 wrote:
The feds will definitely put him away big time. Unluckily for him he wasn't tried in Hawaii's court. Would have gotten probation.
on January 11,2014 | 08:55AM
HD36 wrote:
The drug cartels get the main ingredient from China. They cook up hundreds of pounds in super labs in Mexico. From there they used mules to take it acoss the border mainly in Arizona. They recruit mules that don't fit the profile of drug smugglers from Mexico, alot of older white guys and women. From there most of it gets distributed using a complex system of independent distribution cells. If they get caught, they have no info on the top guys. The top guys in Vegas and other big cities will rotate every four years like the CEO of a corporation. Sometimes they even try to get one of the mules busted so a bigger load can follow. Tennesse has perfected the "shake and bake" method of manufacturing meth with a plastic bottle, some lithium ion batteries and houehold chemicals. It's a losing war.
on January 11,2014 | 11:13AM
Anonymous wrote:
Former HPD Major Carlton Nishimura was arrested with more than 200 grams of meth in his home and all he received was an 8 month sentence. Lets see how justice prevails in this case. Are we all equal under the law?
on January 11,2014 | 11:14AM
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