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Police charge Hawi man and his mother with meth distribution


Blaine Isabel

Blaine Isabel

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Hāwī man and his mother and charged them with meth distribution and other offenses.

On Thursday morning (February 27), officers from the Area II Vice Section, North Kohala Patrol and Community Policing served a search warrant at a home on the 55-3300 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Hāwī. The property was within 750 feet of a private school.

Police recovered 2.2 grams of a crystalline substance, paraphernalia associated with meth distribution, 1.4 grams of a dried leafy substance and $5,032 in cash.

Arrested at the scene were the residents, 35-year-old Blaine Isabel and his mother, 55-year-old April Isabel. They were taken to the Kona police cellblock while Vice detectives continued the investigation.

Thursday afternoon, both suspects were charged with meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and promoting a controlled substance near a school.

April IsabelApril Isabel was released Thursday evening after posting $16,250 bail. Her son was held at the cellblock in lieu of $81,000 bail pending his initial court appearance on Friday (February 28).

Police encourage members of the public to report suspected narcotics activity to the Police Department’s Ice Hotlines at 329-”ZERO-ICE” (329-0423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Kaʻū, Kona, South Kohala and North Kohala, and at 934-”VICE” (934-8423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo and Hāmākua.

Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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