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Keauhou Man Facing Drug, Firearm Offenses Found Sleeping in Car, Police Say

November 20, 2021, 6:30 AM HST
* Updated November 19, 7:56 PM
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A Keauhou man facing a myriad of drug and firearm offenses was initially discovered by authorities while doing a welfare check in Kailua-Kona.

Hawaiʻi Police discovered the 28-year-old, later identified as Keoni Cassidy, while responding to a welfare check on Thursday, Nov. 18.

At approximately 12:40 p.m., Kona Patrol Officers were dispatched to a business establishment located in the 75-0900 block of Henry Street, to check on the welfare of a male party passed out in his vehicle.

Officers discovered Cassidy asleep in his vehicle.

“Officers observed a methamphetamine-smoking pipe on Cassidy’s lap and he was subsequently arrested and transported to the Kealakehe Police Station pending investigation,” HPD stated.

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The Area II Vice Section continued the investigation and conducted a search of Cassidy’s vehicle. During the search, police recovered 112.8 grams (3.97 ounces) of heroin, 59.9 grams (2.11 ounces) of methamphetamine, 12.5 fentanyl pills, 1.1 grams of marijuana, 0.5 grams of cocaine, 37 Suboxone pills, 30 Oxymetholone pills (Anabaloc steroid), 3 vials of testosterone (Steroid), a firearm, ammunition, and various drug paraphernalia.

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After conferring with Prosecutors, Cassidy was charged with four counts of first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, three counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of third-degree promotion of a harmful drug, one count of third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, one count of place to keep unloaded firearm, one count of place to keep ammunition, one count of possession of firearm in commission of felony drug offense, one count of permit to acquire, one count of mandatory registration of firearm, and one count of ownership or possession of firearm prohibited.

Total bail set was at $322,550. He was being held at the Kealakehe Police Station pending his initial court appearance on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at the Kona District Court.

Police ask anyone who may have additional information on the incident to contact Detective Kelsey Kobayashi of the Area II Vice Section at 808-326-4646 ext. 271 or email at [email protected]

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Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 808-961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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