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Bail set at $250,000 for Kihei man in felony drug case

WAILUKU — A judge set bail at $250,000 for a Kihei man who was indicted on felony drug charges after police reported finding him with drugs four months after he was arrested in a similar case.

Guillermo Castro, 37, has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, attempted second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police recovered 10.12 grams of methamphetamine, 0.71 gram of heroin, $511 in cash and several cellphones when Crime Reduction Unit officers executed a search warrant Feb. 3 in the latest case, said Deputy Prosecutor Annalisa Bernard Lee.

She said the search followed one Oct. 3 when Crime Reduction Unit officers seized 15.12 grams of methamphetamine, 3.94 grams of heroin, a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition from a residence in Haiku where Castro was living with three minor children.

In the earlier case, Castro has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, two counts of second-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, attempted second-degree promoting of a harmful drug, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, attempted second-degree promoting of a detrimental drug, second-degree promoting of a detrimental drug, possession of a firearm with intention to facilitate commission of a felony drug offense, possession of a prohibited weapon, not having a permit to acquire ownership of a firearm and failure to register a firearm.

During a court hearing Thursday, Lee asked the court to continue Castro’s no-bail status, saying he “is a major danger to our community as a serious drug dealer.”

“We believe he is a flight risk, doesn’t have ties to our community and is allegedly bringing in drugs to sell to our community,” she said.

She said her information showed Castro was born in Mexico and lived in California before moving to Hawaii about two years ago.

Deputy Public Defender Zach Raidmae said Castro’s wife reported he was born in San Francisco and works as a car mechanic.

In setting Castro’s bail at $250,000, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill questioned why other defendants arrested with larger quantities of drugs had bail set in their cases.

Castro was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to report for supervision and random drug testing if he posts bail to be released.

A Nov. 30 pretrial conference is set for him.

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

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