DHL heir on run after fleeing Palau drugs charges

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KOROR, Palau: An heir to the DHL Express empire was on the run on Friday after escaping from custody in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, where he was being held on a drugs charge, justice officials said. Junior Larry Hillbroom was arrested after the seizure of 160 grams (5.5 ounces) of methamphetamine, and faces a trafficking charge carrying a sentence of 25-50 years in jail. He made a brief court appearance on Thursday at which bail was set at $500,000 surety or a $250,000 cash bond, due to the wealth of the defendant and his flight risk. But Hillbroom escaped after being taken from the Palau Supreme Court back to Koror Jail. “Hillbroom had been talking to a visitor inside the Division of Corrections office when he suddenly ran out the front door,” the justice ministry said in a statement. Hillbroom is a son of DHL founder Larry Hillblom but his surname is spelled differently.

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