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Two Hilo Suspects Arrested in Connection With Drug Offenses

August 24, 2017, 3:31 PM HST (Updated August 24, 2017, 3:31 PM)
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Jack Larinaga and Crystal Meyers. HPD photos.

On Thursday, Aug. 24, officers and detectives from the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area I Vice Section executed a search warrant at an apartment building on Banyan Drive in Hilo.

The search warrant was the result of an investigation into crystal methamphetamine distribution in the area, the drug commonly referred to as “ice.”

An HPD search of the residence yielded just under 40 grams of ice, under one gram of cocaine, 38.8 grams of marijuana, a small amount of prescription medication as well as several pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Officers also seized just under $2,400 in cash. The “street value” of the narcotics is estimated at over $7,500.

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Jack Larinaga, 51, and Crystal Meyers, 35, were arrested at the scene.

Larinaga was charged with Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the first degree, three counts of Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the third degree, Drug Paraphernalia and Promoting a Detrimental Drug in the third degree. He is currently being held in the East Hawaiʻi Detention Facility in lieu of $80,525 bail.

Meyers was released pending further investigation.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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