25 Jul 2018

Fugitive DHL heir arrested and jailed in Palau

11:51 am on 25 July 2018

The fugitive heir of the global logistics giant DHL has been arrested and jailed in Palau after he failed a drugs test imposed as part of a trafficking sentence.

Larry Hillbroom Junior had been hiding at his girlfriend's house after fleeing arrest, but was plucked from the ocean as he tried to swim away.

The multi-millionaire, who holds both US and Palau passports, was last month sentenced to 10 years' probation and fined $US50,000 after he admitted trafficking methamphetamine.

The capital of Palau, Koror.

The capital of Palau, Koror. Photo: Binter via wikicommons

He was arrested in 2016 after he arranged for two women to smuggle the drug to Palau from the Philippines.

Hillbroom originally faced 50 years in prison until a plea-bargain for probation was reached, which angered Palau's president, Tommy Remengesau.

Mr Remengesau said the country's zero tolerance policy on drugs should apply to all people, regardless of their wealth.

But the probation was contingent on Mr Hillbroom Jr passing a last-minute drugs test, which he failed.

Now, he will spend five years in prison.

Hillbroom is one of four illegitimate children fathered by DHL's founder Larry Hillblom.

He successfully sued for a share of the billionaire's fortune after Hillblom died in a plane crash in 1995.

His inheritance has been estimated at $US100 million, although he said last year that financial mismanagement meant it was now much less.

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