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Bail kept at $500K for man accused of selling drugs

WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $500,000 for a Kahului man who was indicted on charges alleging possession and attempted distribution of drugs after police searched his apartment in 2020.

John Andrade, 64, of Kahului has pleaded not guilty to first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, promoting a controlled substance near a school, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police reported seizing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as digital gram scales and cash, on Oct. 12, 2020, from the apartment near the University of Hawaii Maui College that he shared with co-defendant Janice Young, 37.

During a court hearing Wednesday, his attorney, Kristin Coccaro, asked for a significant reduction in Andrade’s bail, which she said was “extremely excessive.”

She said Andrade was arrested at the courthouse when he showed up for a hearing for his girlfriend Young, who was arrested on the indictment in September.

“They had no problem letting him be on the street with these charges pending for almost a year,” Coccaro said. “He was able to work and stay out of trouble.”

While acknowledging that Andrade has a lengthy criminal history, she said most of it is from the 1990s and early 2001, except for a third-degree assault conviction in 2012.

“He has essentially been off the radar and living a law-abiding life on Maui for the past 20 years,” she said.

Deputy Prosecutor Randy Oyama asked for bail to remain at $500,000.

“He does have an extensive criminal history,” Oyama said, citing Andrade’s convictions for 15 felony crimes and six misdemeanors.

Andrade has four convictions for violating court orders, Oyama said.

He said Andrade was found with a large amount of heroin. When police spoke to him, “he admitted to them he was selling heroin for the last five years,” Oyama said.

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

Second Circuit Judge Kirstin Hamman said the court was concerned that Andrade reported he had continued to use drugs daily until shortly before his arrest and wasn’t interested in substance abuse treatment.

“Given the nature of the charges and his continued use, the court is concerned for the safety of the community,” she said, in keeping bail at $500,000.

A June 13 pretrial conference is set for Andrade.

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

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