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Police seize more than a pound of meth from mail parcels

Suspect held without bail, faces multiple drug charges

WAILUKU — A man was being held without bail after police reported seizing more than a pound of methamphetamine after the delivery of two mail parcels last week.

Sergio Hirales, 37, of Kahului was charged with first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, criminal conspiracy, first-degree identity theft, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police had set his bail at $500,000 for Hirales, who is also known as Mickey Frank Jr.

During his initial appearance Tuesday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Ronson Ibarra asked to have no-bail status set for Hirales.

Ibarra said the defendant is a flight risk who had recently moved to Maui and has a pending bench warrant for probation violation in Nevada.

Maui police reported receiving intelligence from Las Vegas police that Hirales’ girlfriend would be wired $50,000 to post his bail, Ibarra said.

Before search warrants were executed Jan. 11 for Hirales, his residence and vehicle, police saw Hirales showing his cellphone and asking a mailman why two parcels weren’t delivered on time, Ibarra said. He said that when the mailman called the name “Mickey” that was on the parcels, Hirales answered and accepted the parcels, which he took to his residence.

Police reported recovering over 497.76 grams of methamphetamine, Ibarra said.

He said Hirales appears to be a high-volume drug dealer. He told police “he doesn’t have to front money — he can just make a call to Vegas and they’ll send him large quantities” of drugs.

A co-conspirator who was arrested when he showed up at the residence told police he had received 4 to 6 ounces of methamphetamine from Hirales in the days prior and had agreed to sell methamphetamine for the defendant, Ibarra said.

Based on prior convictions in Nevada for attempted ownership or possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, attempted burglary and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, Hirales could face mandatory prison terms as a repeat offender, Ibarra said. He said Hirales also was charged as a persistent offender, which could result in a life prison sentence if he is convicted.

Hirales arrived on Maui between October and January and has “little to no ties to Maui,” Ibarra said.

Deputy Public Defender Emily Collins asked that bail remain at $500,000 for Hirales.

“The allegations against the defendant are just that,” she said. “He does have a right to try and make the bail.”

She said Hirales also has a medical condition that is a concern.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi referred to the seriousness of the charges, which include four Class A felony offenses, as well as Hirales’ criminal history in other states and his limited time on Maui, in ordering that Hirales be held without bail.

“The court is also concerned with the serious risk the defendant poses to our community,” Kobayashi said.

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

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