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Police say man found with drugs and other contraband in his car

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A Hana man was arrested last week after police reported finding drugs and other contraband in his vehicle.

Patrick Clark, 50, was charged with second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, prohibited possession of firearm ammunition, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug, deadly weapons prohibited, keeping ammunition in an improper place and four counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Clark was arrested Jan. 13 after police stopped his vehicle, Deputy Prosecutor Brant Yoshimoto said during Clark’s initial appearance Tuesday in Wailuku District Court. After asking for permission to search the vehicle, police recovered drugs and an air gun, Yoshimoto said.

Because his original bail was set based on additional charges, Yoshimoto asked for bail to be reduced to $24,000 for Clark, who is facing firearms and theft charges in another case.

Clark asked to be released, with Deputy Public Defender William Pannell saying Clark has a grandson and two children who depend on him.

“He’s owned property and paid taxes in Hana for the last 26 years,” Pannell said. “He donates his time to the community teaching martial arts.”

Any weapons recovered were air guns, Pannell said.

“I don’t believe he’s a danger,” he said.

Judge Kirstin Hamman granted the prosecution’s request to reduce bail from $145,000 to $24,000 for Clark.

He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

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