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Public Tip Leads to Drug Bust Near School

April 29, 2020, 2:20 PM HST
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Jaren Kalaikau Larinaga-Napihaa. PC: HPD

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged Jaren Kalaikau Larinaga-Napihaa following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the W. Puainako Street area of Hilo on Tuesday, April 28.

This investigation originated from a Crime Stoppers complaint of drugs being distributed from a residence near a public school.

During the search of the residence, police recovered a total of 3.5 grams of heroin, 1 gram of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia items. The drugs recovered were broken down into distributable amounts.

Larinaga-Napihaa was charged with Promotion of a Dangerous Drug in the first-degree, two counts of Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the third degree, Drug Paraphernalia and Promoting a Controlled Substance in/on/near a School.

His bail was set at $16,000. He remains in custody pending his initial court appearance, which is scheduled for Wednesday (April 29) in South Hilo District Court.

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The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to thank the public for reporting suspected drug activity.

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