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North Kohala drug bust nets charges for son, mother

Updated: 
February 28, 2014 - 12:01pm

A Hawi man and his mother are facing meth trafficking and other drug-related charges after police executed a search warrant Thursday at an Akoni Pule Highway home.

On Thursday morning, officers from the Area II Vice Section, North Kohala Patrol and Community Policing served a search warrant at a home on the 55-3300 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi, according to the Hawaii County Police Department. The property was within 750 feet of a private school.

During the execution of the search warrant, police reportedly located 2.2 grams of a crystalline substance, paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine distribution, 1.4 grams of a dried leafy substance and $5,032 in cash, according to police.

Arrested at the scene were residents, 35-year-old Blaine Isabel and his mother, 55-year-old April Isabel, according to police. They were taken to the Kona police cellblock while Vice detectives continued the investigation.

On Thursday afternoon, Blaine and April were each charged with meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and promoting a controlled substance near a school, according to police.

April was released Thursday evening after posting $16,250 bail. Her son remained in custody in lieu of $81,00 pending an an initial court appearance slated for today.

Police encourage members of the public to report suspected narcotics activity to the department’s Ice Hotlines at 329-”ZERO-ICE” (329-0423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Ka‘u, Kona, South Kohala and North Kohala, and at 934-”VICE” (934-8423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo and Hamakua.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.