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Kayak sting 01-11-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Kona District
Captain Samuel Jelsma
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 299
January 11, 2010
Report No. C10001115

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Santiago Voorhees

Media Release

In response to citizen complaints about illegal kayak vendors at Napoopoo Pier, officers from the Hawai’i Police Department Vice Section, Community Policing Office and Special Enforcement Unit and officers from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources conducted a sting operation Monday morning (January 11).

As a result of the sting, police arrested 49-year-old Herman Santiago of Kealakekua and charged him with theft, pedestrian soliciting business and commercial use of a county street. His bail was set at $1,000.

Police also arrested 26-year-old Kapahukula Voorhees of Kealakekua on a bench warrant for contempt of court and for promoting a detrimental drug. Officers recovered two grams of dried, processed marijuana in connection with his arrest and a second case that is still under investigation. Voorhees’ bail was set at $550.

Both men are being held at the Kona police cellblock.

Police initiated a second case of promoting a detrimental drug against a 46-year-old Kealakekua woman, who was not arrested. Detectives from the Area II Vice Section are continuing that investigation.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources seized two kayaks and police issued several additional citations for regulatory and parking violations.