HILO >> An 87-year-old man prosecutors believe to be the oldest Big Island resident convicted of a dangerous-drug charge has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Rodrigo Borreta of Puna was sentenced last week for third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug. Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports police found 3.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine packed for sale while searching his home last year. Police also found drug paraphernalia, including a scale.
At the time, he was on parole for a 1999 conviction of first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug. He’s been convicted of drug-related felonies five times since 1988. He was also found guilty of gambling and cockfighting, both misdemeanors, in 1974.
Borreta turns 88 next month. Prosecutor Charlene Iboshi announced his sentence on Monday.