36 year-old Aysa Kalei Delos Santos of Hilo was arrested and charged with offenses related to the attempted distribution of methamphetamine, driving under the influence, and possession of prohibited anabolic steroids.
Delos Santos’ arrest stems from a September 17 routine traffic stop in Hilo. Following the execution of a narcotics search warrant on his vehicle, VICE officers recovered over a half pound of methamphetamine which was broken down into nine separate packets each containing approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, various drug paraphernalia, four vials the contents of which are presumed to be anabolic steroids, hydrocodone pills, and over $4,400 in U.S. currency.
As the Complaint alleges, Delos Santos was charged with six offenses including Attempted Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the First Degree (attempt to distribute one-eighth ounce or more of methamphetamine), Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the First Degree (knowingly possess one ounce or more of methamphetamine), Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the Third Degree (possess any dangerous drug, hydrocodone), Promoting a Harmful Drug in the Fourth Degree (possess any harmful drug, testosterone and/or trenbolone), Prohibited Acts Related to Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant. The most serious charges, Attempted Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the First Degree and Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the First Degree are both class A felony offenses punishable by either a twenty-year prison term or ten years probation and up to two years in jail.
The charges are merely allegations and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The traffic stop and arrest was made by Officer Kris Palea of HPD’s South Hilo Patrol while the felony drug investigation was led by Detective Kelly Moniz of the Hawai’i County Police Department’s Area I VICE Section.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Elyssa Correia Keltner.
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