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Meth is recovered at arrest

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $400,000 for a man who was arrested Monday after police recovered 3.4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in a drug investigation, a deputy prosecutor said.

Francis Maddela, 31, is charged with first-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and promoting a controlled substance within 750 feet of a school.

The complaint against him lists the schools as Christ The King Preschool, Maui Adventist School, Kahului Hongwanji Preschool and Kahului Baptist Preschool.

During Maddela’s initial appearance Thursday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones asked that Maddela’s bail be kept at $250,000 and that he be required to post cash to be released.

“This was a narcotics investigation into this defendant as a supplier of methamphetamine,” she said.

Jones said the investigation led to the recovery of 3.4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine “that he admitted to dealing for money.” She said Maddela reported obtaining the drugs from “Mainland sources that are connected to international cartels.”

Maddela is homeless and unemployed, Jones said.

“He’s a danger to the community,” she said.

She said Maddela was convicted of second-degree assault in 2016 and also has convictions for abuse and disorderly conduct.

Deputy Public Defender William Pannell asked that Maddela be released on supervision.

He was born and raised on Maui and can stay at his mother’s house in Wailuku if released, Pannell said.

Judge Kelsey Kawano set Maddela’s bail at $400,000.

Kawano denied the prosecution’s request for cash-only bail.

Maddela was ordered not to use or possess alcohol or illegal drugs and to report for random drug testing if he is released on bail.