Man indicted in drug, firearms cases


By JOHN BURNETT

Tribune-Herald staff writer

A Hilo grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old Mountain View man for numerous alleged drug and firearms violations.

In two separate indictments returned on Wednesday, Bruen Ashley Tavares has been charged with attempted methamphetamine trafficking, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts each of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia, plus carrying a loaded firearm on a public highway, prohibited ownership or possession of a firearm, illegal place to keep pistol or revolver, illegal place to keep ammunition and resisting arrest.

Police executed a search warrant on Tavares’ Hibiscus Place home on March 5, and reportedly found slightly more than an ounce of methamphetamine, 10 marijuana plants, plus numerous items of paraphernalia.

The firearms charges result from an arrest of Tavares on Dec. 23 on a separate warrant at a service station parking lot in Hilo. Police seized a fanny pack and a search warrant was later obtained for the car and the fanny pack’s contents, a police spokeswoman said. Officers reportedly found a .38-caliber Colt pistol, as well as items of drug paraphernalia with meth residue.

Tavares was arrested and charged at the time with the firearms charges, as well as resisting arrest and violating terms of his supervised release on a pending auto theft charge. His supervised release was revoked, and Tavares then posted $8,000 bail on the auto theft charge. According to court records, Tavares was offered a plea deal in the auto theft case, but the firearms charges will likely place the deal in jeopardy. He has a court hearing scheduled for May 29 in that case. Details of the plea bargain were not immediately available.

Tavares also pleaded not guilty on Jan. 16 to third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and resisting arrest. He was ordered at that time not to own or possess any firearms or ammunition, and posted $11,000 bail on those charges. He had a trial date set for June 3 on those charges, which are also included as part of the new indictments.

Attempted first-degree methamphetamine trafficking is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while carrying a loaded firearm on a public highway is punishable by a prison term of up to 10 years.

Email John Burnett at jburnett@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

 

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