Ka’u drug bust 07-20-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Vice Section, Area II
Lieutenant Miles Chong
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 226
July 20, 2010
Report No. C10019474

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Image: Bartz mug shot Image: Muraki mug shot
Robin Bartz Pearl Muraki

Media Release

Four people were arrested Monday (July 12) for marijuana offenses at a Hawaiian Ocean View Estates home in Ka’u.

At 10:35 a.m., officers from the Area II Vice Section served a search warrant at a Moana Drive address. Two men, 46-year-old Robin Bartz, and 60-year-old William Cool and two women, 46 year-old Pearl Muraki and 18 year-old Amber Bartz, were taken into custody without incident.

Police recovered approximately 5.9 pounds of dried marijuana, 5.2 grams of hashish and 236 marijuana plants, ranging in height from 3 feet to 6 feet that were being grown both indoors and outdoors.

After conferring with prosecutors, investigators released Amber Bartz and William Cool without charges.

Robin Bartz and Pearl Muraki were each charged with two counts of commercial promotion of marijuana, one count of promoting a harmful drug, and one count of drug paraphernalia. Their bail was set at $22,000 each.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $20,000.

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