Man indicted for meth trafficking

HONOLULU — 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.

Alapai, 35, 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 $3,308.00 in small bills.

He also was illegally in possession of a butterfly knife. Alapai has previous convictions for felony forgery and criminal contempt of court.

“The scourge of ‘ice’ remains a serious problem throughout the state and we must continue to vigorously prosecute those who traffic in it,” Chin said.

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.

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