Kailua man sentenced to 24 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering

An O’ahu man who pleaded guilty in federal court in 2019 to drug trafficking was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison on Thursday, June 17.

United States District Judge Derrick K. Watson sentenced Justin K. Wilcox, aka Justin Kaanoi, aka Ali’i, 39, of Kailua, to concurrent jail terms of 295 months and 240 months for his role in conspiracies to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and to commit money laundering.

Wilcox had previously pleaded guilty on August 5, 2019 to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine and conspiracy to launder money. . Wilcox also received concurrent supervised release terms of five and three years after imprisonment.

Judith A. Philips, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said that according to court documents and information presented to the court, Wilcox was the chief of Oahu and the organizer of the drug conspiracy that was operating in Hawaii and involved more than five members with medication provided. by a source from Las Vegas, Nevada. The sentencing court found Wilcox responsible for the possession and distribution of 3,880 grams of pure methamphetamine, or “ice,” and 1,393 grams of cocaine.

At the sentencing hearing, the court found that Wilcox was using his Kailua clothing company, “Armed and Dangerous,” as a front business to launder drug products. As a result, the court ordered Wilcox to pay a forfeiture judgment of $ 127,000 for the proceeds Wilcox obtained as a result of his drug trafficking activities.


In addition to the seizure of 8.4 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.39 kilograms of cocaine, federal law enforcement officers also seized more than $ 160,000 in cash, two firearms and ammunition from the during the investigation.


A total of eight people were convicted of their involvement in the drug conspiracy, as well as a ninth man who was convicted of drug-related charges. The nine were given sentences of 41 months or more in jail, five, including Wilcox, to terms of more than ten years, including two of more than 20 years.

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