$1 million bail set in drug case

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Cash-only bail of $1 million was set for a man indicted on drug charges after a police search at a Kahului residence last month.

Raymond Aioletuna, 35, was arrested Oct. 24 after police vice/narcotics officers executed a warrant at the home on Puumakani Street, said Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones.

She said police recovered 17 ounces of methamphetamine and $35,000 from Aioletuna.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a controlled substance near a school and possessing drug paraphernalia.

During a bail hearing Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, defense attorney Cary Virtue asked that Aioletuna be released on supervision.

Aioletuna has no prior criminal history, Virtue said.

“He has a job,” Virtue said. “He’s not a flight risk. He’s got a wife, a family. His wife would love for him to come home so he doesn’t lose his job.”

If released from jail, Aioletuna can stay with relatives on Oahu, Virtue said.

Jones asked that Aioletuna’s bail remain at $1 million in cash only.

She said that the prosecution requested the amount based on the facts of the case and “the history and conduct of the defendant, which makes him an exceptional danger to our community.”

She said Aioletuna isn’t from Maui and has no significant ties to the community. The landlord of the residence where Aioletuna was staying reported it was on a month-to-month lease, and Aioletuna began living there around August, Jones said.

She said the residence is across from Maui Waena Intermediate School, leading to the charge of promoting a controlled substance within 750 feet of a school.

Jones began describing Aioletuna’s “dangerous history” before Judge Peter Cahill said said he would keep bail at $1 million in cash only.

He said the defense could make a written request to reduce the bail amount.

“It is an extraordinarily high bail,” Cahill said. “It doesn’t mean it’s unreasonable. But it’s an extremely high bail for someone that doesn’t have a criminal history.”

If Aioletuna posts bail, he was ordered to stay away from the residence where he was arrested and to report for random drug and alcohol testing.

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