Three arrested in Hilo drug bust 10-31-02

PHONE: 961-2340
OCTOBER 31, 2002


Hilo Vice Section officers arrested three persons after a traffic stop Tuesday (October 29, 2002) in which a number of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were confiscated.

Two of the suspects, identified as Rina-Lee Y. Shimizu, 22, and Robert S. Cardines Jr., 25, were charged with drug and firearm offenses. A third suspect, identified as Francesca Kong, 23, was released pending further investigation.

The vice officers were assisted in the bust by Hilo community policing and South Hilo patrol officers.

At 12:53 p.m. Tuesday, Hilo community policing officers stopped a 1989 Toyota Camry at the intersection of Kuawa and Manono Streets in Hilo after officers identified one of the occupants, Cardines, as having an outstanding warrant against him.

On stopping the vehicle, officers called for a narcotics dog, which signaled the presence of illegal drugs.

After obtaining a search warrant, the officers searched the car and recovered 6.2 grams of “ice”, or crystal methamphetamine, 2.1 grams of crack cocaine, 44.2 grams of an unknown amber liquid, 23.7 grams of dried marijuana, Oxycodone pills and several rounds of ammunition as well as drug capsules and drug paraphernalia.

They also seized the vehicle, valued at $3,500, and $730 in cash.

Shimizu was later charged with three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, one count of promoting a detrimental drug, one count of possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and one count of keeping prohibited ammunition. She is being held at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center on $16,250 bail

Cardines was charged with one count of promoting a dangerous drug and one count of illegal place to keep. He was also arrested for contempt of court and sentenced to 30 days at the Hawaii Community Correction. His bail on the other two charges was set at $4,000.

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