Larry Hillbroom Jr. has been sentenced to 8 years in US federal prison for conspiracy to sell methamphetamine.
Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill has also ordered Hillbroom to serve 3 years of supervised release after his prison sentence, as well as pay a fine of $2,000.
Mr. Hillbroom, known here as Larry Imeong Hillbroom, heir of the DHL founder Larry Hillblom, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (otherwise known as “ice”) by smuggling through international airports between North Idaho, USA, Guam, and Palau in 2015 and 2016.
Based on the evidence presented at court, Larry Hillbroom Jr. conspired to smuggle drugs using various methods such as shampoo containers and carrying substances in their person to Guam and Palau. Once in Guam or Palau, they would get locals to sell the methamphetamine.
Two of his co-conspirators, Morgan Kenney and Zachary Craig Carlson, pled guilty, while the other co-conspirator Sean Robert Wathen pled not guilty and is awaiting his trial in May of this year.
His prosecution was part of the US Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation–a multi-agency of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against organized crime networks.
Hillbroom was arrested in Idaho after Judge Materne allowed him in 2018 to seek off-island rehabilitation in California for a drug possession conviction in Palau. Instead of going to the rehabilitation program in California, he went to Idaho where he was arrested by US law enforcement for violation of a previous case he had in the US.
In 2019, the Palau Supreme Court ordered his arrest for violation of probation when he failed to enter into 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”.