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Hilo man sentenced for drug trafficking


John Kaua, 40, of Hilo, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 year in prison for second degree attempted methamphetamine trafficking, according to Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Iboshi.

Judge Greg K. Nakamura handed down the 10-year sentence after Kaua pleaded guilty.

Police stopped Kaua on Nov. 18 for failing to stop at a traffic light at the intersections of Kilauea Avenue and Mohouli Street. During that stop, a drug detection dog picked up the presence of drugs in Kaua’s vehicle.

After obtaining a search warrant, police found 1.9 grams of meth in his pocket. In his vehicle, Kaua had 12 more packets weighing 5 grams total, along with 12 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and other drug related items.

Kaua was charged with a third degree complaint with promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of second degree prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia, second degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third degree promotion of a detrimental drug, and first degree attempted methamphetamine trafficking.

Due to his prior criminal history, Kaua will have to serve 20 months before being eligible for parole.

Anyone having information concerning drug trafficking is urged to call the police Ice Hotline at 934-8423 or 329-2423, or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 or 329-8181.

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