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Hawaii island man charged with drug, weapons violations after traffic stop

Hawaii island police charged a 52-year-old man with numerous drug and weapons violations after he was stopped Friday with another man wanted for an unrelated narcotics investigation.

Police were looking for 50-year-old Benjamin Fleming of Captain Cook when they located Fleming riding in a sport utility vehicle operated by Richard Castro, who does not have a permanent address, along the 74-5000 block of Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

During the stop, officers saw drug paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine use inside the vehicle, police said.

On Saturday, police recovered 60.4 grams of a substance suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, 15.5 grams of a suspected cocaine, 14.5 grams of suspected heroin, 10.6 grams of suspected marijuana, paraphernalia associated with narcotics use and distribution, one unspent .32 caliber round and $4,174 in cash during a search of the vehicle.

On Sunday, Castro was charged with first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, meth trafficking, possessing drug paraphernalia, place to keep—ammunition and ownership/possession prohibited. His bail was set at $146,000.

Fleming was charged with third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was released on $2,250 bail. —

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