09-29-20 Hilo man charged with firearm and drug related offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department                                           
Lieutenant Royce Serrao
Criminal Investigation Division, Area I
Phone: (808) 935-3311
Report No: 20-074022

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Vice Detectives have arrested and charged Omar Kesment New stemming from a traffic stop by South Hilo Patrol Officers on Kilaha Street in Hilo on Sunday, September 27, 2020. New was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant by patrol officers at which time they observed that New was wearing an empty firearm holster. Officers also observed drug paraphernalia within the vehicle that New was operating.

Detectives served a search warrant on the vehicle, and recovered a loaded 40 caliber semiautomatic pistol with no serial numbers. The firearm had an illegal high capacity magazine inserted in it and an additional had a high capacity magazine was also recovered along with ammunition. Detectives also recovered 1.4 grams of methamphetamine, 2.4 grams of marijuana, and a methamphetamine smoking pipe.

New was charged for 4 counts of Ownership/Possession Prohibited, 2 counts of Prohibited Weapon, Firearm on Highway, Place to Keep Ammunition, Promoting a Dangerous Drug 3, Promoting a Detrimental Drug 3, and Manufacturing, Purchasing, or Obtaining a Firearm Parts to Assemble a Firearm having No Serial Number.

Bail was set at $167,000 and his initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (September 29) in South Hilo District Court.

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