Molokai Meth Dealer in Prison
A man described as “at the pinnacle” of methamphetamine distribution on Molokai was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison last week. On Feb. 23, 35-year-old Jon Hans Kaapuni, Jr., also known as “Hanzy Boy,” was taken into custody following the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Honolulu.
In September, Kaapuni, Jr. pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. At last week’s hearing, U.S. District Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said evidence showed Kaapuni, Jr. was a manager and supervisor of a long standing methamphetamine conspiracy on Molokai involving at least five members.
Kaapuni, Jr. was found responsible for the distribution of 692 grams of pure methamphetamine, or “ice”, and an additional 240 grams of generic methamphetamine. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Kaapuni, Jr. was supplied by co-defendant Benjamin “Kamu” Fuller, of Maui, who was previously sentenced to 14 years in prison in the case. Six people were convicted for their participation in the conspiracy.
Maui police say they had been gathering information on Kaapuni, Jr. as early as 2011, and used a federal wiretap on his cell phone to identify other members of the drug ring.
As part of his sentence, Kaapuni, Jr. was also ordered to forfeit a custom fishing catamaran as well as his interest in Molokai property that were both obtained with drug money, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.