Puna search warrant leads to drug arrests

  • Brenha

More than 13 ounces of heroin and other drugs were reportedly recovered by police who served a search warrant Monday at a Puna home where police say drug dealing was suspected for the second time this year.

Shortly before noon on Monday, officers from the Area I Vice Section executed a search warrant at a home on Kupono Street in Leilani Estates, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Police say they recovered 369.3 grams of heroin, just under a gram of crystal methamphetamine, 28 grams of dried processed marijuana and just over $8,100 in U.S. currency. Officers also recovered a stolen wallet containing the victim’s identification.

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Arrested at the scene was 55-year-old Jack Brenha and 46-year-old Samuel Keohokapu, both of Pahoa. The drugs recovered in this case have an estimated street value of more than $93,000.

Later Monday, Brenha was charged with first-degree promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of third-degree promoting a dangerous drug, third-degree promoting a detrimental drug, prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of confidential personal Information.

Brenha is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $201,000 bail pending his initial appearance in court scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Keohokapu was released without charges pending further investigation.

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Brenha is currently out on bail stemming from charges related to another search warrant police served on his home at the same address on Feb. 2, police said.

During that raid, police reportedly recovered 293.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 9.2 grams of heroin, 56.1 grams of dried processed marijuana, just over $22,000 in U.S currency and four firearms. Brenha was charged then with first-degree promoting a dangerous drug and numerous other drug and firearms offenses. Brenha’s bail for those charges was $156,500.

  1. paul April 25, 2018 4:30 pm

    out on bail???????????????????????fire the judge that allows these criminal scum out on such low bail….where is the deterrent for crime????????????????????????????????


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