A Kona man has been charged with meth trafficking and other offenses after allegedly being found in possession of almost nine ounces crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday, Kona vice officers made contact with a man and a woman in a car in Kailua-Kona during the course of a drug investigation. After searching the car, police recovered 248.5 grams of a crystalline substance, a small amount of a dried green leafy substance, paraphernalia associated with meth distribution and $2,200 in cash for forfeiture. They also recovered 3.1 grams of a crystalline substance and paraphernalia associated with meth use from the man, 26-year-old Derwin Breithaupt of Kailua-Kona.
Breithaupt and the woman, 29-year-old Karyn Kau of Kailua-Kona, were arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.
On Wednesday night, adetectives released Kau pending further investigation. Breithaupt was charged with two counts of meth trafficking, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $59,250.
His initial court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.