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HPD Busts Dealers in Pahoa Town

Media Release:

Hawaii Police Department Officers initiated several drug investigations earlier this year in response to concerns voiced by Councilwoman Emily Nae’ole-Beason regarding rampant street drug dealing taking place in Pāhoa Town.

A coordinated effort between the department’s Vice Section and Community Policing Officers led to the execution of a search warrant and the arrest of three individuals on drug related offenses. Aaron Johnson, a 39-year-old Pāhoa man, was arrested and charged with promoting a detrimental drug after a warrant was served on his car and person, resulting in the recovery of 10 grams of dry processed marijuana in several baggies packaged for distribution.

Also arrested in connection with the investigation were Michael Carvalho and Michael Lancaster, both 23 and both of Pāhoa. These individuals were released pending further investigation.

These arrests are part of the police department’s ongoing effort to curtail the proliferation of illicit drug distribution in our community. We encourage concerned citizens to continue providing tips to the Vice Section at (808) 934-8423.  Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.  All Crime Stoppers information is kept strictly confidential.