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Ka’u man charged in drug bust 12-30-04

PHONE: 326-4646
DECEMBER 30, 2004


West Hawaii Vice Section officers arrested and charged a 50-year-old male for a variety of drug and firearm offenses Thursday (December 30, 2004) after executing a search warrant on a residence in Waiohinu, Ka’u.

Bernard Keliikoa of Waiohinu was charged with three counts of promoting dangerous drugs, three counts of promoting harmful drugs, four counts of promoting detrimental drugs, one count of illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of illegal possession of ammunition.

He is being held in the Kona police cellblock in Kealakehe in lieu of a total bail of $26,700.

Keliikoa was arrested and charged after officers recovered more than two ounces of “ice,” or crystal methamphetamine, 38.4 grams of dried marijuana and marijuana seeds, several marijuana plants and 12 various pills and tablets. A total of $3,259 in cash was also seized for possible forfeiture.

Police also arrested another 50-year-old male and a 25-year-old female found in the residence. Both were released without charges.

The search warrant was sought because of calls to the Ice Hotline by concerned to report drug information.

Police are continuing their efforts to address the “ice” problem on the Island of Hawaii. The Ice Hotline is one means in which the public can anonymously report information relating to illicit drug use and distribution. The phone numbers to call are 329-“ZERO-ICE”(329-0423) in Kona and 934-“VICE” (934-8423) in Hilo. They are anonymous tip lines and all information and the identity of callers are kept strictly confidential.

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