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4 Different Control Substances Found During HPD Search of Pāhoa Home

By Tiffany DeMasters
July 23, 2021, 5:29 PM HST
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A Pāhoa man already facing a myriad of drug offenses, was arrested Wednesday, July 21, on 12 additional drug charges after four different control substances were found in a Puna residence.

Thirty-four-year-old Jordan Maka’ala Valente Kaneshiro appeared in Hilo District Court on Friday, July 23, where his bail was increased from $505,000 to $560,000.

Charges were filed after a search warrant executed by Hawai‘i Police Department found Kaneshiro at a Pāhoa residence on Kuleana Street in possession of a variety of drugs as well as a firearm.

According to a probable cause statement filed with 3rd Circuit Court, HPD officers discovered Kaneshiro in one of the bedrooms of the home. While performing the search, authorities found a black Quicksilver backpack containing several zip packets with contents testing presumptive positive for a myriad of drugs.

Four zip packets of a white crystal substance tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine. The bags had a total weight of 1.82 ounces.

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Another five zip packets found in the bag reportedly contained a white powdery substance that tested presumptive positive for cocaine. The bags had a total weight of just over half an ounce.

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One zip packet discovered containing a tar-like substance, tested presumptive positive for heroin. The weight was reportedly eight grams.

A piece of plastic found in the backpack containing a white powdery substance tested presumptive positive for fentanyl. The weight of the item was 2.3 grams.

Officers reportedly found a digital scale in the room on the entertainment center, with residue testing presumptive positive for methamphetamine and heroin.

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Other items were found elsewhere in the residence as officers continued their search. According to the probable cause statement, a white chalk-like substance was discovered on the kitchen counter. The substance tested presumptive positive for cocaine.

Also reportedly found on the counter was a glass pipe with a residue that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

A Remmington 12-gauge shotgun was allegedly located on the dryer. The firearm was later determined to be stolen.

Kaneshiro was charged with first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, three counts of first-degree attempted promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, three counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia, ownership or possession prohibited, and possession of a firearm with intent to facilitate the commission of a felony drug offense.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 27.

Kaneshiro has six felony convictions. The 34-year-old was also charged with drug offenses in February after a search warrant executed on a Pāhoa home resulted in the recovery of nearly a pound of methamphetamine with a bail set at $120,000.

Court documents show Judge Peter Kubota lowered Kaneshiro’s bail to $10,000 in May.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat.
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