KAILUA-KONA — A former Hawaii Police officer turned himself in at the Hilo police station this morning after a grand jury indicted him on various conspiracy and hindering prosecution charges.
Chadwick Fukui, 67, of Hilo, was one of five individuals charged with hindering prosecution; two counts of criminal conspiracy; and tampering with physical evidence. Four civilians were included on the indictment: Lance Yamada, Stacey Yamada, David Colon and Ivar Kaluhikaua.
A warrant was ordered for Fukui’s arrest as well as the civilians on Tuesday. Bail was set at $2,000. Fukui was booked but has since bailed out.
No other defendants connected to the Fukui indictment have turned themselves in.
Former Hawaii Police Detective Brian Miller was also charged in a separate indictment on drug offenses as well as charges connecting him to Fukui and the other defendants. The drug charges related to a 2018 missing evidence investigation conducted by the Hawaii Police Department.
The indictments were filed Tuesday after a Kona grand jury convened Monday and heard evidence on various drug and gambling charges against the former officers. More than 20 witnesses were called, including current and former Hawaii Police Department officers as well as civilians.
Miller was charged with fourth-degree theft; obstructing government operations; three counts tampering with physical evidence by destroying or mutilating it; second-degree theft; first-degree promoting a dangerous drug; second-degree hindering prosecution; conspiracy to commit second-degree hindering prosecution; and conspiracy to commit tampering with physical evidence by destroying or mutilating it.
A warrant has been ordered for Miller’s arrest with a bail set at $10,000.