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Kawaihae man, 55, charged with assault, nearly two dozen drugs-related offenses

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:27 p.m. HST, Jan 13, 2014

A 55-year-old Kawaihae man, who was being sought on grand jury warrant for assault, has been located and charged with an additional 23 offenses. 

Martin Frank Booth was arrested on Thursday on the warrant and charged with the additional offenses on Friday. 

On Dec. 18, Hawaii island police searched the house where Booth was living and recovered 8.1 grams of a crystalline substance, 128 grams of dried green plant material, a rifle and various items of drug paraphernalia. Three popele were arrested at the scene and later released, pending further investigation. Booth was not at the scene. 

On Dec. 29, officers patrolling the Kona area responded to a Kinue Road home in Captain Cook after a woman reported being threatened with a firearm by an unknown man who had then fled in a sedan. Officers later stopped the sedan in Captain Cook. The driver, Regina Patrick of Kealakekua, 39 arrested on an outstanding $250 bench warrant and charged her with contempt of court.

Officers recovered a loaded pistol, an unloaded shotgun, numerous rounds of ammunition, 18.7 grams of a crystalline substance, 0.9 grams of dried green plant material, 40 prescription pills, brass knuckles, several large knives, and paraphernalia associated with the use and sale of crystal methamphetamine. 

A police investigation determined that Booth had previously been in the car and was responsible for the threatening incident. 

At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, police located Booth at a home on Luau Drive in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. He was arrested and charged in connection with the $2,000 grand jury bench warrant for second-degree assault and taken to the Kona police cellblock. 

On Friday, detectives charged Booth with meth trafficking, eight counts of promoting dangerous drugs, promoting controlled substances near a school, three counts of promoting detrimental drugs, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, six firearm offenses and terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $266,000.

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