Four face drug charges after arrests at Lanai residence

WAILUKU — Four people are facing drug charges after police reported seizing drugs, cash and paraphernalia in a search of a Lanai residence.

Aug. 2 pretrials are set in 2nd Circuit Court for three of the defendants — Shantel Sunio, 33; Melody Lastimosa, 37; and Keenan Sabin, 46.

A fourth defendant, Antonio Dela Cruz Ildefonso Jr., 36, was released after posting $10,000 bail on charges of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

During a bail hearing Thursday for Sunio, Deputy Prosecutor Mark Simonds said that a search warrant executed April 19 at her residence in Lanai City resulted in the seizure of drug paraphernalia, including scales, as well as cash and methamphetamine.

“The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation,” Simonds said.

In arguing that bail remain at $21,000 for Sunio, Simonds said that she could face additional charges based on a report that she was found with more than 11 grams of methamphetamine when she was arrested on the warrant.

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza reduced Sunio’s bail to $12,000, noting her prior criminal record is minimal and she reported being unemployed and receiving food stamps.

She reported living with her husband, Gary Sunio, who had a bench warrant issued in a separate case when he didn’t appear in court Wednesday, Cardoza said. “Consistent with that, there was no answer on his cellphone” when an attempt was made to verify Shantel Sunio’s residence, Cardoza said.

She has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.

Cardoza reduced bail from $11,000 to $2,000 for Lastimosa. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.

The judge kept bail at $11,000 for Sabin, who has pleaded not guilty to third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.

Sabin was resentenced to five years’ probation in June 2015, Cardoza noted, and his adjustment to probation was described as fair.

The three defendants were ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to report for supervision and random drug testing if they are released on bail.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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