Hilo man gets 20 years in federal meth case


A federal judge sentenced a Big Island man to 20 years in prison Monday, following a January conviction on a charge of attempting to possess drugs with the intent to distribute the narcotic.

In February 2012, U.S. Postal Service inspectors determined a package being shipped from Las Vegas to Hilo contained about 145 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney for Hawaii Florence T. Nakakuni said. Investigators removed the bulk of the drugs from the package, then had law enforcement officers hold the package for pickup at the Hilo Post Office. Francis S.K. Ogata, 34, picked up the parcel and drove away, leading law enforcement officers on a one-hour car chase.

Police arrested him at his Hilo home.

Because Ogata was convicted in 2005 of another drug trafficking offense, federal law required him to receive a minimum 20-year prison sentence.