Monday, November 19, 2012
HONOLULU – On November 16, 2012, a federal jury found Chico Martines, age 36, guilty of conspiracy to manufacture and cultivate more than 100 marijuana plants after a five-day trial. According to information produced in court, Martines was growing marijuana indoors on the second floor of a commercial establishment in Honolulu. Martines was acquitted of a second marijuana charge.
United States Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said that Martines, a Honolulu resident, faces up to life imprisonment for his convictions, with a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years due to his having a prior methamphetamine trafficking conviction, when he is sentenced on March 4, 2013.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the State of Hawaii Narcotics Enforcement Division and the Honolulu Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Muehleck handled the prosecution.