8-15-19 Hilo man charged with firearms and drug offenses

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged a 32-year-old Hilo man with an array of firearms and drug offenses stemming from an investigation concerning stolen vehicles.

Police were canvassing an area in Pepeʻekeo known as a location for suspect’s to dump stolen vehicles. While making checks in the area Police came across a truck with a man sitting in the driver seat and the truck had no front plate.

Police approached the man and found a rifle in the truck along with various amounts of ammunition. The man, identified as Matthew Haraguchi, of Hilo, was arrested and the truck recovered.

Police applied for a search warrant and recovered two rifles from the truck, numerous amounts of ammunition for the two rifles, drugs, drug paraphernalia, currency and items of evidence related to drug distribution.

After conferring with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Haraguchi was charged today (August 15) with several firearms crimes and violations, possession of drugs and related drug paraphernalia, and police seized $281.00 in currency as proceeds from drug distribution. He is being held in lieu of $187,000.00 bail pending a court appearance on August 19, 2019 in Hilo District Court.

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