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Pair charged with drug crimes

A West Hawaii man and woman have been charged with numerous drug offenses after their arrest in Waimea last week.

On Thursday, officers responded to a disturbance Waimea Country Lodge & Paniolo Country Inn on Lindsey Road in Waimea. Police found 20-year-old Robert Reed, who is homeless, unresponsive and in a room with 22-year-old Jessie Bitton of Kailua-Kona. Narcotics were allegedly visible in the room.

Reed was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was treated and later released.

According to police, a search warrant was executed and Kona Vice officers seized 166.5 grams of cocaine, seven ounces of marijuana, paraphernalia associated with the use and distribution of illegal drugs, and $8,900 in cash from the motel room, as well as a small quantity of cocaine residue and 12.1 grams of marijuana from Reed’s vehicle.

Reed and Bitton were arrested Thurs-day. On Friday, they were each charged with 10 counts of promoting a dangerous drug, six counts of promoting a detrimental drug, seven counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of promoting a controlled substance near a school. Their bail was set at $313,000 each.

They were held at the Kona police cellblock pending their initial court appearance Tuesday.


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