Kauai man indicted for meth trafficking

Kanbert Alapai

A Kauai grand jury indicted Kanbert Alapai last week for Methamphetamine Trafficking in the First Degree and several other related criminal offenses, Attorney General Doug Chin announced Monday.

Alapai was found with more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, more than 120 grams of marijuana, and paraphernalia including three glass pipes with residue, a lighter torch, rolling paper, two scales, over twenty ziplock baggies — many containing white crystalline substances — and $3,308 in small bills.

He also was illegally in possession of a butterfly knife.

Alapai, 35, has previous convictions for felony forgery and criminal contempt of court.

Under current Hawaii law, Methamphetamine Trafficking in the First Degree is a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum prison term of two to eight years with no probation.

Alapai is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

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