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Kona man sentenced to 155 months for methamphetamine


Senior U.S. District Judge Alan C. Kay has sentenced Kali Lotoaiki Laulea, 33, of Kailua-Kona, to 155 months’ imprisonment for three counts of methamphetamine distribution.

A federal jury found Laulea guilty of the three charges in August after a five-day trial.

Florence T. Nakakuni, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said the evidence presented at trial showed Laulea knowingly distributed a total of 484 grams of pure crystal methamphetamine over the course of three drug transactions Laulea conducted in Kailua-Kona during August 2013.

The investigation that resulted in the charges against Laulea was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the county Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrea Hattan and Mark Inciong handled the prosecution.

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