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Puna Man Charged With Suspected Drug Dealing

April 24, 2018, 9:29 AM HST
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Jack Brenha. HPD photo.

Hawaiʻi Island Police served a search warrant for the second time this year at a Puna home where drug dealing was suspected.

On Monday, April 23, 2018, just before noon, officers from the Area I Vice Section executed a search warrant at a home on Kupono Street in Leilani Estates.

Police 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.

Jack Brenha, 55, and Samuel Keohokapu, 46, both of Pāhoa were arrested at the scene.

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The drugs recovered in this case have an estimated street value of just over $93,000.00.

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Later Monday afternoon, 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, April 24.

Keohokapu was released 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 of this year. At the time of that raid, police 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 along with 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.

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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