Big Island man gets 20 years for meth conviction

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison because of drug convictions.

A federal judge in Honolulu sentenced Francis Ogata on Monday. A jury convicted him earlier this year of attempting to possess with intent to distribute about 145 grams of methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney's office says because Ogata was convicted in 2005 of another drug trafficking offense, he was required to receive a sentence of at least 20 years.

Prosecutors say the case stemmed from a 2012 shipment of a parcel from Las Vegas to Hilo, which postal inspectors identified as suspicious. Authorities found more than 145 grams of meth and removed most of it from the parcel. Ogata picked up the package at the post office and was later arrested at his Hilo home.

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