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Man indicted on charges stemming from injection of drugs into girl

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:45 a.m. HST, Oct 19, 2011

The 26-year-old man accused of injecting illegal drugs into a 14-year-old girl is known to Honolulu police as "one of the bigger marijuana dealers in Waikiki," said Keith Seto, deputy city prosecutor.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging Matthew S, Kratz with two counts each of methamphetamine trafficking in the first degree and promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree. All four charges are class A felonies punishable by maximum 20-year prison terms.

Kratz remains in custody unable to post $200,000 bail.

Seto said Kratz provided the girl methamphetamine on Oct. 4 and 5 and provided her crack cocaine on Oct. 4 and 6. On all four occasions Seto said the girl asked Kratz if she could try the drugs and he obliged.

For the methamphetamine, Seto said Kratz dissolved the drug in water and injected the solution into the girl.

Honolulu police said a city ambulance took the girl to Queen's Medical Center Oct. 7 for a drug overdose. She tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana.

Kratz has misdemeanor convictions on Oahu and Maui and drug arrests in California, Seto said.

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