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In a vehicle reeking of marijuana, 2 women pull up at a DUI checkpoint with a cache of weapons and drugs, police say

  • HAWAII COUNTY POLICE
                                Crystal Botelho, 40, left, and Nani Jo Keanini, 44, both of Honokaʻa.

    HAWAII COUNTY POLICE

    Crystal Botelho, 40, left, and Nani Jo Keanini, 44, both of Honokaʻa.

Two Honoka’a women were in police custody today on drug and firearms offenses after they went through a drunk-driving roadblock Thursday night in Waimea in a vehicle that smelled of marijuana, police said.

Crystal Botelho, 40, was driving the vehicle and Nani Jo Keanini, 44, was a passenger when South Kohala patrol officers encountered them around 10:20 p.m. Thursday on Highway 19 near the Kamamalu Street intersection in Waimea.

After detecting an odor of marijuana from the vehicle, officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded .25 caliber handgun, a loaded .45 caliber handgun, 3.1 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 5.9 grams of suspected marijuana, paraphernalia associated with narcotics use and $336 in cash.

Botelho was charged with one count each of place to keep pistol, carrying a loaded firearm on the highway, third-degree promotion of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $60,250.

Keanini was charged with one count each of place to keep pistol, carrying a loaded firearm on the highway, ownership prohibited, third-degree promotion of dangerous drugs, third-degree promoting detrimental drugs and drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $71,250.

Their initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday in Kona District Court.

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