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Puna Man Held on $95K Bail for Various Drug Offenses

May 9, 2022, 11:37 AM HST
* Updated May 10, 7:42 AM
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Lawrence Castro

Update: A Hilo District Court Judge maintained bail of $95,000 for Lawrence Castro who is set to appear for a preliminary hearing on May 11.

Original Story:

A Puna man is scheduled to appear in Hilo District Court this afternoon on various methamphetamine possession and attempted distribution drug charges.

Forty-seven-year-old Lawrence Castro, a repeat and persistent offender with three prior felony convictions, was charged Friday, May 6, with first-degree attempted promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.

If convicted as charged, Castro faces sentencing to a mandatory minimum prison term without the possibility of parole. At the time of his arrest, Castro was on supervised release for two unrelated felony matters in Hilo Circuit Court.

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Castro remains in custody in lieu of $95,000 bail.

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