A Hilo grand jury on Wednesday returned separate indictments versus two Puna males for numerous drug and firearms offenses.
A person of the males was granted court-supervised release without having bail by a District Court decide due to the fact of the COVID-19 outbreak at Hawaii Community Correctional Centre.
A 19-rely indictment prices 50-yr-old Curtis Wahelani Kahikina of Keaau with three counts of first-diploma professional advertising of marijuana, next-degree commercial marketing of cannabis, tried second-degree industrial advertising of marijuana, attempted very first-degree promotion of a harmful drug, second-degree advertising of a perilous drug, 3rd-diploma marketing of a risky drug, attempted 1st-degree advertising of a destructive drug, next degree marketing of a destructive drug, possession of a ghost gun, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony drug offense, and seven counts of becoming a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.
A bench warrant sets his bail at $595,000, but Kahikina was introduced Wednesday from HCCC about the objections of prosecutors on the exact day he was indicted.
Court data indicate Kahikina was not transported to a courtroom listening to on Wednesday for the reason that of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the jail.
Deputy Prosecutor Sherilyn Tavares requested Kahikina be freed from custody due to the fact he’d been incarcerated due to the fact his arrest on June 25 and hadn’t been transported to any hearings.
Deputy Prosecutor Roland Talon argued from Kahikina’s launch, but Hilo District Choose Kanani Laubach granted the protection movement and freed Kahikina, noting he had been in custody given that June 25 and the state hadn’t indicted him.
Laubach established a preliminary listening to for Aug. 18, but the indictment moves Kahikina’s scenario to Hilo Circuit Court, in which he’ll seem following getting re-arrested on the bench warrant.
According to courtroom documents filed by police, a look for warrant was executed June 25 at Kahikina’s 34th Avenue property in Orchidland Estates.
Paperwork point out officers seized 5.4 kilos of marijuana, 428 cannabis vegetation, 6.6 grams of methamphetamine, a smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue, a electronic scale and other drug paraphernalia.
Also confiscated, in accordance to documents, were being firearms which includes a loaded Walther 9 mm semi-computerized pistol, an AR-15-style rifle with no serial amount, a Ruger .22 rifle, a Springfield Armory .30-40 rifle, a Winchester .32 rifle, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Sears J.C. Higgins 12-gauge shotgun and several calibers of ammunition.
Paperwork state Kahikina advised officers he grows and sells marijuana and is knowledgeable that as a convicted felon, he is not legally allowed to possess firearms or ammunition.
In accordance to court docket records, Kahikina has a prior felony convictions for theft, advertising and marketing a unsafe drug and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The grand jury also on Wednesday returned a 12-count indictment versus 34-yr-previous Jordan Makaala Valente Kaneshiro of Pahoa.
Kaneshiro is charged with very first-degree marketing of a unsafe drug, three counts of tried 1st-diploma marketing of a hazardous drug, two counts of second-diploma marketing of a hazardous drug, 3 counts of third-diploma advertising of a hazardous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, staying a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony drug offense.
In accordance to court docket files filed by police, officers on July 31 executed a look for warrant on a Kuleana Avenue dwelling in Ainaloa Estates subdivision.
The lookup yielded 1.82 ounces of methamphetamine, more than a half-ounce of cocaine, eight grams of heroin and 2.3 grams of fentanyl.
Law enforcement also identified a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, paperwork state.
As a convicted felon, Kaneshiro is not lawfully authorized to have firearms or ammunition.
Kaneshiro remains in custody at HCCC in lieu of $560,000 bail, which is also the bail quantity on the bench warrant for his re-arrest.
The indictment moves Kaneshiro’s circumstance from Hilo District Court docket to Hilo Circuit Courtroom.
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