Featured Articles

Five Suspects Arrested for Drugs & Other Offenses

July 29, 2017, 5:00 PM HST
* Updated July 29, 5:02 PM
Listen to this Article
2 minutes
Loading Audio...

(L) Michael Anthony Ventrella and (R) Derek Edwin Conway. HPD photos.

On Wednesday, July 26, Area II vice officers arrested and charged Michael Anthony Ventrella with two counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree, two counts of promoting dangerous drugs in the third degree, two counts of promoting a harmful drug in the fourth degree, promoting dangerous drugs in the third degree, promoting detrimental drugs in the third degree, promoting drug paraphernalia, firearm offense, carrying a deadly weapon after a package was recovered containing 402.1 grams (14.18 oz.) of methamphetamine and 284.5 grams (10.03 oz.) of heroin. Upon service of several search warrants, officers recovered more methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, anabolic steroids and three firearms. Ventrella’s bail was set at $48,275. He posted bail.

Derek Edwin Conway was also arrested for three counts of promoting harmful drugs and two counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree, promoting drug paraphernalia, possessing prohibited ammunition and a firearm offense. After warrants on a vehicle and condominium were served, officers recovered methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine paraphernalia, miscellaneous pills, anabolic steroids and a pistol. His bail of $184,250 was set relative to the items in his vehicle.

He was arrested and charged for Probation Revocation with no bail relative to prior drug charges. He is currently being held at the Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Facility.

(L–R) David Brain Riehle, Ashley Safa and Dylan Joseph Brehaut. HPD photos.

Area II Vice Officers served a search warrant on a residence on Loloa Drive in Kailua-Kona and recovered marijuana, marijuana concentrate, prescription pills, heroin and ammunition. Three individuals at the residence were arrested and charged.

David Brain Riehle was arrested and charged with several drug offenses and prohibited ownership. His bail was set at $72,250.


Dylan Joseph Brehaut was also arrested and charged with drug offenses and his bail was set at $20,250.


Ashley Safa was arrested on drug offenses and bail was set at $13,250.

An additional unrelated warrant was also served on a residence in the Kona Highlands Subdivision, Kailua-Kona and Area II vice officers arrested six individual who were later released pending investigation.

This information was provided by the authorities; individuals are considered innocent unless and until they are proven guilty.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Mahalo for Subscribing


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments