06-10-19 Hilo man charged with drug and firearms offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section, Area I
Captain Gregory Esteban
Phone: (808) 961-2251
Report No. 19-044193



Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged a 37-year-old Hilo man for several drug and firearms offenses stemming from brief vehicle pursuit in Hilo.

Last Tuesday (June 4, 2019) at 9:45 a.m., after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Amanaki Martin Keola Kaeo Marrich with four counts of ownership prohibited firearms or ammunition, five counts of place to keep firearms or ammunition, two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, and alteration of identification marks prohibited. Total bail for Marrich was set at $155,000.00, and he has already made his initial court appearance.

Garrett L. K. Lee, 37 of Hilo and also arrested and charged for one count of third-degree promoting a dangerous drug and his bail was set at $10,000.00. Lee was also charged for three outstanding warrants for probation revocation and contempt of court. He was held without bail for the probation revocation warrant, and bail for both contempt of court warrants was set at $550.00.  Lee has already made his initial court appearance.

Both Marrich and Lee remain in custody at the Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center following their court appearances.

A 34-year-old Hilo man was initially arrested for ownership prohibited but was released without charges.

On (June 2), at about 11:22 p.m., South Hilo Patrol officers observed a vehicle that was the subject of an outstanding all-points bulletin, being driven in the Banyan Drive peninsula and upon being stopped, the vehicle was being operated by Marrich as well as Lee and the 34-year-old Hilo man as passengers.  All of the occupants were taken into custody after officers observed what appeared to be live ammunition in the vehicle.



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