52-Year-Old Puna Woman Busted for Heroin and Weapons Offenses

A Puna woman was arrested last week and held on $1 million bail after being charged with heroin and weapons offenses.

Cathrine R. Kessaris

On Thursday (May 10), Vice officers served a narcotics search warrant on a Melekule Street home in the Orchidland subdivision, where they recovered approximately a pound of heroin, digital scales, packaging materials, two firearms and $5,200 in cash.

Officers arrested two women at the scene. Cathrine R. Kessaris, 58, of Orchidland was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation. A 52-year-old Keaʻau woman was released without charges.

On Friday, Kessaris was charged with promoting a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and ownership prohibited. Her bail was set at $1 million. She remained at the Hilo cellblock pending her initial court appearance on Monday (May 14).

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