After a nearly month long investigation into crystal methamphetamine distribution in East Hawaiʻi, a 53-year-old Keaʻau man has been arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses.
Using information from a confidential informant, Officers from the Area I Vice Section, Criminal Investigation Section, Criminal Intelligence Unit and Hilo Community Policing, set up surveillance at a Hilo area strip mall on August 31.
Officers from the Area I Vice section then made contact with Samuel Lagunas of Keaʻau seated in a vehicle in the parking lot. A screening was done on the vehicle using a narcotics detection canine, and the suspect was arrested at the scene.
A search warrant led to the search of the suspect’s vehicle where 402.8 grams (1 4 ounces) of crystal methamphetamine was discovered. The drugs, in this case, packaged for distribution, carry an approximate street value of just over $60,000.
Lagunas was charged with two counts of first degree promoting a dangerous drug and prohibited acts relating to drug paraphernalia. He is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial appearance in South Hilo District Court on Friday.