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Police arrest man in Kona wanted on warrants


Francis Kekona

Francis Kekona

On Monday, (June 18), at approximately 8 a.m., Area II Vice officers, and Special Enforcement Unit officers arrested 47-year-old Francis Kekona off Kaiminani Drive without incident. Kekona, who has no permanent address, was being sought for a no-bail contempt of court warrant, two $50,000 contempt of court warrants and a $100 failure to appear warrant.

After the initial arrest, officers executed search warrants on two bags and a container recovered from Kekona. As a result, officers recovered a 9mm pistol with ten rounds of ammunition in a 15-round magazine, 31 additional 9mm rounds, 13.2 grams of suspected methamphetamine, empty zip-lock baggies and a digital scale. Kekona was subsequently arrested for promotion of a dangerous drug in the second degree, possession of prohibited weapons, two counts of ownership/possession prohibited, possession of prohibited weapons and possession of a firearm with intent to facilitate the commission of a felony.

On Tuesday, (June 19), at 7:30 a.m., Kekona was charged for the additional offenses with bail set at $135,000. Kekona was taken to the Kona District Court for his initial court appearance.

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