California man sentenced to 11 years in prison for mailing 6 pounds of crystal meth to Hawaii


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HONOLULU — A Southern California man has been sentenced to about 11 years in prison for mailing six pounds of crystal meth to Hawaii.

Christopher Woolem was sentenced Friday in federal court in Honolulu. Defense attorney Richard Hamar says Woolem's total sentence is 135 months.

Woolem pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

Co-defendant Vyra Kaopua said Woolem paid her several thousand dollars to accept drug shipments at her Waianae home.

Kaopua was arrested after FedEx security intercepted a package containing six pounds of crystal meth that she signed for. She then helped agents arrest Woolem, of Santa Ana, California.

Prosecutors say the street value of the crystal meth involved is between $108,000 and $138,000.

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