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August 2019
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Marine Identified as a Key Figure in LSD Ring, Bilecki Negotiates Plea

Use and Distribution of LSD, Positive Urinalysis
Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii
Marine Corporal – E-4
Negotiated plea agreement for one year and one day in confinement.

A Marine Corporal at Marine Corps Base Hawaii was implicated in a significant LSD distribution operation. His involvement was confirmed through a positive urinalysis for LSD and the discovery of extensive text messages by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), detailing his participation in the distribution network. The Drug Suppression Task Force identified the Marine Corporal as a key figure in an LSD distribution ring under investigation at the Marine Base. The NCIS used undercover informants to build their case against him. After gathering substantial evidence, the Marine was arrested and made incriminating statements during interrogation. He also tested positive for LSD in a subsequent urinalysis.

Facing 13 charges with numerous specifications, the Marine was accused of multiple violations, including attempts to wrongfully possess and distribute controlled substances, conspiracy, failure to obey orders, and wrongful introduction and possession of LSD and anabolic steroids. This case was notable not only for the Corporal’s actions but also for his connections to a wider LSD distribution network within the Marine community.

Upon being charged, the Marine retained Tim Bilecki, a renowned military drug defense attorney in Hawaii, specializing in UCMJ Article 112 cases. Bilecki’s initial strategy involved preparing for trial and confronting the government’s informants. However, considering the overwhelming evidence, a negotiated plea was deemed preferable to the risks of a full court martial, which could have resulted in a severe sentence for the Marine.

The government initially sought over five years in confinement, but through plea negotiations, Bilecki negotiated an agreement for his client to serve one year and one day in exchange for pleading guilty to four of the thirteen charges. This plea agreement aimed to reflect the seriousness of the Corporal’s involvement while adhering to the principle of not representing clients who act as informants. As a result, the Marine was sentenced to one year and one day in confinement and received a Bad Conduct Discharge.

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