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Duo arrested on drug charges in a public park

On Thursday, November 9, 2017 at about 5:30 p.m., officers from the Maui Police Department’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Division and Wailuku and Kihei Patrol Division, acting upon information received about the sale of illegal drugs at the West Maui Skate Park, conducted an undercover drug operation.

While at the park, officers observed a drug transaction between two adult males.  Police arrested the two males, identified as 24 year old Wesley Thongtrakul of Kihei and 23 year old Chad Kerley of San Diego, California.  As a result, approximately one ounce of marijuana and $200.00 in cash was seized.

Thongtrakul was charged with the offense of Promoting a Detrimental Drug in the First Degree and Promoting a Controlled Substance in a Public Park.  His total bail was set at $2,000.00.

Kerley was charged with Promoting a Detrimental Drug in the Second Degree.  His bail was set at $200.00.

Suspects are innocent until proven guilty, in a court of law.



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