A 34-year-old Big Island man received his sentencing after attempting to distribute crystal methamphetamine through the mail.
A judge sentenced Francis Ogata to 20 years in prison. Since Ogata was convicted in 2005 for another drug trafficking offense, he was required to receive a sentence of at least 20 years imprisonment.
A jury convicted Ogata on Jan. 11 after a five-day trial.
Florence T. Nakakuni, United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said that according to information produced in court, the case grew out of the Feb. 2012 shipment of a parcel from Las Vegas to Hilo through the United States mail.
United States Postal Inspectors identified the parcel as suspicious and obtained a search warrant, which resulted in the recovery of over 145 grams of methamphetamine.
After removing most of the methamphetamine, law enforcement officers held the parcel for pick up at the Hilo Post Office. On Feb. 3, 2012, Ogata picked up the parcel and drove away.
After an hour pursuit by law enforcement officers, Ogata was arrested at his Hilo residence.
Officers found a portion of the contents of the parcel in the car Ogata had been driving.