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Police seize 2 pounds of heroin from home; woman arrested

WAILUKU — A Haiku woman was arrested Wednesday when police reported seizing 2 pounds of heroin, as well as methamphetamine and cash, in a search of her residence.

Kristi Hutto, 45, is charged with two counts of first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

During her initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones asked for bail to be increased to $500,000 for Hutto.

When police Crime Reduction Unit officers executed warrants to search Hutto and her residence on Uaoa Loop shortly after noon Wednesday, she was found in a locked bathroom seated on the toilet and stuffing something into a trash can, Jones said. She said it turned out to be 2 pounds of heroin in two packages.

In the kitchen, police found 446.54 grams of crystal methamphetamine hidden in a value-sized Coffee-mate container, Jones said. She said police also seized 200 units of liquid heroin, $75,240 in cash and a digital gram scale.

Hutto told police she uses and sells both heroin and crystal methamphetamine and said the money found in her room were proceeds from both working and selling drugs, Jones said.

“She had large amounts, high-level distribution amounts of both methamphetamine and heroin, which pose a grave danger to the community,” Jones said.

She said Hutto was found with a Florida driver’s license, as well as California and Hawaii benefits cards. In 2006, she was arrested in a narcotics possession case and was granted a deferral after successfully completing a Drug Court program in California, Jones said.

Defense attorney Hayden Aluli asked for Hutto’s bail to remain at $200,000.

Judge Michelle Drewyer kept bail at $200,000.

Hutto was ordered to have no contact with a man who was at the house when police executed the warrants. The man told police that Hutto was supplying him with illegal drugs, Jones said.

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