Two Waikiki Residents Sentenced in Meth Lab Case
On March 9, 2006, United States District Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced defendant Allen Hanaoka, age 38, to 57 months in prison. Hanaoka previously pled guilty to one count of using a place to manufacture methamphetamine (meth lab). On March 2, 2006, Judge Seabright sentenced Hanaoka’s co-defendant, Cindy Shishido, age 36, to 48 months in prison. Shishido previously pled guilty to one count of distribution of a quantity of methamphetamine.
Hanaoka and Shishido were arrested on May 4, 2005, after Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Honolulu Police Department officers executed a federal search warrant at the Waikiki apartment where Hanaoka and Shishido lived along with Shishido’s six-year-old son. Evidence of a small-scale operation to produce methamphetamine and trace amounts of methamphetamine were recovered at the residence. No usable amount of methamphetamine was recovered.
Judge Seabright, in sentencing Hanaoka and Shishido, emphasized the substantial risk of harm to the life of Shishido’s 6-year-old son as a result of Hanaoka’s methamphetamine manufacturing activities and the risk to the other residents of the high-rise apartment.
U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo supported the findings of Judge Seabright. “This case shows that people who are involved in meth lab operations will do so without due regard to the safety of families or even our young children who are exposed to these deadly fumes and toxic Meth residue. As a result, we must sentence these individuals harshly because of the extreme dangers they pose to innocent and helpless victims.”
The case was jointly investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Honolulu Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Florence Nakakuni.