Kawaihae Man Charged With Multiple Drug, Weapons Offenses

January 13, 2014, 6:33 PM HST
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Police last week arrested a 55-year-old Kawaihae man wanted on a warrant issued by a grand jury for allegedly threatening a Kona woman with a firearm.

Martin Booth was arrested and charged in connection with the incident that occurred Dec. 29 on Kinue Road in Captain Cook. Police believe Booth threatened the woman and then fled in a vehicle driven by Regina Patrick, 39, of Kealakekua.

Police located the vehicle in Captain Cook following the incident, but Booth fled on foot.

At the time, Patrick was arrested and charged on an outstanding bench warrant for contempt of court. She was also arrested on suspicion of promoting dangerous drugs but was released without being charged pending further investigation.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle in which they allegedly found a loaded pistol, an unloaded shotgun, numerous rounds of ammunition, 18.7 grams of a crystalline substance, about a gram of dried green plant material, 40 prescription pills, brass knuckles, several large knives and paraphernalia commonly associated with the use and sale of crystal methamphetamine.

Booth’s arrest occurred Thursday on Luau Drive in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

Additional charges filed against Booth on Friday included meth trafficking, eight counts of promoting a dangerous drug, promoting controlled substances near a school and three counts each of promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with terroristic threatening and six firearm offenses.

His bail was set at $266,000.

Booth’s home on Honokoa Street in Kawaihae was also the subject of a search warrant search on Dec. 18.

The raid resulted in the seizure of about eight grams of a crystalline substance, 128 grams of dried green plant material, a rifle and drug paraphernalia.

Booth was not home at the time, but police at the scene arrested Russell Kong, 66, of Kawaihae; Keoni Kong, 38, of Kamuela; and Graly Vasconcellos, 62, of Hilo. All three were released pending further investigation.

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