Kona man charged with meth trafficking, drug charges after search

Derwin Breithaupt
Derwin Breithaupt

A Kona man has been charged with meth trafficking and other offenses after being found with crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday, Hawaii Police Dept. officers made contact with Derwin Breithaupt, 26, and Karyn Kau, 29, in a car in Kailua-Kona during the course of a drug investigation. After searching the car, police recovered 248.5 grams of a crystalline substance, a small amount of a dried green leafy substance, paraphernalia associated with meth distribution and $2,200 in cash for forfeiture. They also recovered 3.1 grams of a crystalline substance and paraphernalia associated with meth use from Breithaupt.

Breithaupt and Kau were arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

After conferring with prosecutors, detectives released Kau Wednesday night pending further investigation.

Breithaupt was charged with two counts of meth trafficking, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of promoting a detrimental drug.

His bail was set at $59,250.

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