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Indoor marijuana growing operations busted

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Ryan Costello

Ryan Costello

A Kailua-Kona man was charged with marijuana offenses Saturday evening (July 18) stemming from his arrest the previous day.

Investigators from the Area II Vice Section served a search warrant Friday morning at a Hau Nani Street home in Kailua-Kona. There, officers discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation. Police arrested 27-year-old Ryan Costello and 22-year-old Sabrina Costello at the home on suspicion of commercial promotion of marijuana.

Continued investigation led police to serve another search warrant at a Catamaran Lane home in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Subdivision. There, officers discovered another indoor marijuana growing operation.

Police recovered 137 marijuana plants, several vials containing hashish and nearly 20 pounds of processed marijuana with a street value of more than $80,000. Also seized were two automobiles and $8,650 in cash for forfeiture.

After conferring with prosecutors, police released Sabrina Costello without charges. Ryan Costello was charged with two counts of second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana, five counts of drug paraphernalia, two counts of second-degree promotion of a harmful drug and one count each of first-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $33,000.

One Response to “Indoor marijuana growing operations busted”

  1. Jack McGuirk says:

    My advice for Ryan is plead not guilty and read Hank Rearden’s speech to the court from Atlas Shrugged in your defense. The day has passed when twelve of your peers could be found who would be willing to lock you in a cage for decades because you had the courage to grow, trade, or consume the most useful plant on earth. Hand out Fully Informed Jury Association leaflets at the courthouse on the day of jury selection. Jury nullification is bound to play a central role in ending cannabis prohibition!
    Free Marc Emery!
    Install Ron Paul!
    Go Kopbusters!


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