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Paʻauilo Man Charged With Attempted Possession, Distribution of 5 Pounds of Meth

January 6, 2022, 11:21 AM HST
* Updated January 6, 12:42 PM
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A Paʻauilo man is scheduled to appear in Hilo District today on charges of attempted possession and distribution of more than five pounds of methamphetamine and damaging a subsidized police vehicle following his arrest earlier this week.

Charges stem from a joint operation with federal agents from the United States Postal Service and Homeland Security Investigations after U.S. Postal Service inspector’s intercepted a package with a large quantity of the narcotic commonly referred to as “ice” on its way to the Big Island, according to a press release from Hawaiʻi Police Department. The drugs had a street value of $136,000.

According to police, the suspect, later identified as 44-year-old Timothy Nacis, took possession of the package at a postal facility in Paʻauilo. After collecting the package, police say a uniformed police officer in a police subsidized vehicle with its roof-mounted blue light activated, attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

“During his attempt to flee, Nacis struck the police vehicle on the driver’s front side, putting the officer in jeopardy of bodily injury. The officer’s vehicle was positioned adjacent to a ravine with a 100-foot drop,” the release states. “Upon impact, Nacis kept his foot on the accelerator in an attempt to push past the officer’s vehicle. The collision caused damage to the officer’s police vehicle. Nacis and the uniformed police officer driving the vehicle were unharmed in the collision.”

Nacis was taken into custody after the traffic collision, during which time he was combative and resisting arrest, resulting in minor injuries to himself and another police officer.

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According to a press release from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for Hawaiʻi County, the 44-year-old, a repeat offender with three prior felony convictions, was charged with seven offenses including three counts of first-degree attempted promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree criminal property damage, ownership or possession prohibited, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.

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If convicted as charged, Nacis faces sentencing to a mandatory minimum prison term without the possibility of parole.

Nacis remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail.

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