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Waianae woman to change plea in crystal meth case

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:33 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2013

A Waianae woman is expected to withdraw her not guilty plea in a federal case involving a package containing about 6 pounds of crystal meth sent from California.

Vyra Kaopua is scheduled to change her plea today in federal court in Honolulu.

According to a criminal complaint, FedEx security in April intercepted a package from "Uncle John" in Orange, Calif., to "Kaopua Family" in Waianae. The complaint alleges that about 6 pounds of crystal meth was inside the cardboard box, along with nine white T-shirts.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang signed a warrant to install a beeper in the package that would alert agents when it was opened, according to the complaint. The beeper, along with some fake meth, was put in the box.

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent posing as a FedEx deliveryman took the package to the Waianae address, where Kaopua signed for it. A minute later the beeper indicated the box was open, the complaint said, and law enforcement officers assembled a block away approached the home.

Kaopua was arrested. "In a post-arrest Mirandized statement, Kaopua stated that this was the third parcel that she has received through FedEX containing drugs," the complaint states.

She then helped agents arrest the man she called "Cuz," who she was to deliver the drugs to. The next day, she and an undercover officer met Christopher Woolem in Honolulu after he arrived from Los Angeles. He gave her $3,000 for the package, according to the complaint.

Woolem's attorney, Richard Hamar, said his client is expected to plead guilty next week.

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allie wrote:
Tip of the iceberg. Way too much of this kind of thing going on in Waianae. This is an island folks. No way our lazy HPD cannot stop meth from coming in here. And while we are at it, why do Hawaiians, knowing meth is targeted at destroying their families, children and communities, do nothing to stop it? Odd.
on October 21,2013 | 09:49AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Just another attack by a fake like Allie. The fact is meth is destroying all families. Illegal drugs is not a race based poison. Allie please stop targeting the minorities. Instead find out about Christopher Woolem of LA and attack him.
on October 21,2013 | 09:56AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
To respond to a phony does nothing. There's nothing there.
on October 21,2013 | 10:15AM
allie wrote:
Just telling the truth. SA has reported that Hawaiians do use this drug and that stats show they are over represented in those that do. Stop making up things and face what you are. Then do something positive to end this threat to your community.
on October 21,2013 | 11:20AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
What is Hawaiian about your target? A name? Actual knowledge of the person? What about the name Woolem? Is that Indian? I see nothing here by SA reporting that the suspect is HAWAIIAN. Cherry picking. Sounds more of a case of a man using a female, for his pleasure and abuse, sort of like allie.
on October 21,2013 | 04:51PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Drugs, the downfall of the Hawaiian people. A proud nation of people reduced to the lowest of all races in their own land.
on October 21,2013 | 10:55AM
allie wrote:
yup..but they won't do anything except blame Asians for their choices. Tiresome really.
on October 21,2013 | 11:21AM
HanabataDays wrote:
"Reduced to the lowest of all races in their own land" happened way before drugs came along, though, brah.
on October 21,2013 | 11:24AM
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