DHL heir and convicted drug trafficker Junior Larry Hillbroom, who is also a fugitive for crimes in Palau, was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in Idaho on July 16.
According to Kandit News Group Facebook page, Hillbroom was arrested with two other American men on charges of “conspiring to distribute methamphetamine from the summer of 2015 through February 2016.”
Hillbroom, 36, and his co-defendant may face ip to 20 years in prison and pay a fine of $1 million if convicted.
In 2018, DHL Hillbroom was allowed to go off-island to seek drug rehabilitation after Palau Associate Justice Lourdes Materne showed compassion and recognized that he needs help to treat his addiction
Judge Materne at the same time took cognizance of the fact that Hillbroom has the “resources” to get addiction treatment not available on the island-nation.
But in 2019, the Palau Supreme Court ordered his arrest for violation of probation when he failed to enter into the addiction therapy in California.
According to the 2019 order, Hillbroom will be arrested once he re-enters Palau and will be detained “until a violation of probation hearing takes place.”
Under the probation, Hillbroom was supposed to go to Los Angeles, California for a six- month rehabilitation program at an institution called Recover Integrity.
Instead, Hillbroom “violated the condition of his probation” by failing to go to California for in-patient addiction therapy. He traveled to Idaho where he was arrested for no-contact order violation.
Hillbroom, who holds US and Palau passports, is the son of the late Larry Hillblom, co-founder of the freight giant DHL, although their surnames are spelled differently.
He is one of four illegitimate children sired by Hillblom and successfully sued for a share of the billionaire businessman’s fortune after Hillblom died in a plane crash in 1995.
Hillbroom used to reside in the U.S. and was visiting Palau in 2016 when he was arrested for allegedly arranging for two women to smuggle methamphetamine from the Philippines to Palau. (B. Carreon)