Monday, June 30, 2014
HONOLULU – Joshua Lew, age 28, of Waialua, was sentenced today by United States District Judge J. Michael Seabright to 97 months imprisonment for being a member of a conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Lew’s brother and co-defendant, Jacob Drummondo-Farias, 31, also of Waialua, was previously sentenced on February 24, 2014 to 324 months in prison for being a manager and supervisor of the conspiracy.
Florence T. Nakakuni, United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said that according to information presented in court, Lew and Drummondo-Farias agreed with other individuals to distribute methamphetamine that was sent from California, via express mail services, to Honolulu during 2011 and 2012. Pursuant to that agreement, Lew and Drummondo-Farias orchestrated the shipment of 890 grams of methamphetamine which was intercepted at the Honolulu Airport on January 26, 2012 by federal law enforcement authorities. Authorities arrested Lew after he returned to Hawaii from the Marshall Islands.
The investigation which resulted in the prosecution was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration Hawaii Airport Task Force and the United States Postal Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark A. Inciong handled the prosecution.