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Drug bust nets three in Waimea Monday (July 26)


Manuel M. Fernandez Jr.

Manuel M. Fernandez Jr.

Three adults were arrested for drug offenses at a Kamuela home Monday afternoon (July 26).

At 4:35 p.m., investigators from the Area II Vice Section served a search warrant at a Kamamalu Street home, where they recovered approximately 220 grams (7 ¾ ounces) of crystal methamphetamine, 0.5 grams of powdered cocaine, 87 grams of dried marijuana, zip packets and digital scales. Officers also discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation in the home and recovered 50 marijuana plants ranging in height from 3 inches to 3 feet. Police also seized $937 in cash for forfeiture and a “bang stick” — a firearm-like device designed and primarily used to discharge a single round of ammunition at a time under water.

Neal Lemons

Neal Lemons

Police arrested two men, 39-year-old Manuel M. Fernandez Jr. and 18-year-old Neal Lemons, and a 37-year-old woman, Renee Bailey, all of Kamuela. Two female teenagers were also present at the home. They were taken into protective custody and turned over to Child Protective Services.

After conferring with prosecutors, police charged the three defendants Tuesday afternoon (July 27).

Lemons was charged with three counts of promoting a detrimental drug. He was released on his own recognizance to appear on September 14 in South Kohala District Court.

Renee Bailey

Renee Bailey

Bailey was charged with two counts each of promoting a detrimental drug and promoting a dangerous drug and one count of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $10,000.

Fernandez was charged with one count each of meth trafficking and ownership prohibited, two counts each of promoting a dangerous drug and promoting a detrimental drug and three counts of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $336,000.

Fernandez is also wanted in Monterey and Salinas California for unrelated parole violations and is being held on an additional $50,000 warrant of arrest from Monterey. Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigative Section are working with California authorities on extradition proceedings.

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