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 An Oahu businessman convicted of the illegal transport and storage of hazardous waste has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge David Ezra on Monday also imposed a $7,500 fine on Stephen Swift. He was found guilty by a jury in April.

The 55-year-old Swift was accused of illegally transporting a dry-cleaning solvent from Sand Island in 2005 and storing it in an unlocked container on his property in Waianae until 2008.

He had been hired to dispose of the solvent by Jerome Anches, who had illegally stored it at his Sand Island warehouse from late 2001 to early 2005.

Anches has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to storing the hazardous waste without a permit.

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