Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen announced that a Keauhou man, 28 year-old Keoni Patrick Keli‘ima Cassidy was sentenced to an indeterminate term of imprisonment of 20 years for class A felony possession of heroin on Monday in Kona Circuit Court.
On November 18, 2021, Kona Patrol Officer John Harvey was assigned to conduct a welfare check on an unresponsive male party, later determined to be Cassidy, seated within the driver’s seat of a silver Acura sedan parked outside of the Aloha Island Mart on Henry Street in Kona. After officers were given permission to search the Acura, they located a total of 103 grams of heroin, 57 grams of methamphetamine, 12 ½ blue Fentanyl pills, 0.5 grams of cocaine, 37 Suboxone pills, 30 Oxymetholone pills, three vials of testosterone, a 12 gauge Remington shotgun, four boxes of 12 gauge ammunition, and drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale.
The investigation was led by Officer John Harvey, Kona Patrol and Detective Kelsey Kobayashi, Area II Vice Section, Hawai‘i Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kauanoe Jackson.
“This sentencing demonstrates our Office’s commitment to hold drug dealers accountable for poisoning our community,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen. “We will continue to prioritize the prosecution and investigation of those who distribute dangerous drugs including methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize the hard work and dedication of the Hawai‘i Police Department and their Kona Patrol and Area II Vice Section.”
The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney remains dedicated to the pursuit of justice with integrity and commitment. Anyone having information concerning illegal narcotics distribution should call the Hawai‘i Police Department Vice Section in East Hawai‘i at (808) 934-8423 or in West Hawai‘i at (808) 329-0423, or Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.