Man faces charges for drugs

LIHUE — A Kapaa man arrested with a parcel allegedly containing Schedule I drugs in his car will have his preliminary hearing next month.

Donovan Cameron-Ray, 22, is charged with multiple drug offenses for allegedly having a package in his car with three types of drugs, including XANAX, MDMA and cocaine, according to the Kauai Police Department.

He appeared Wednesday before Fifth Circuit Court District Judge Sara Silverman and pleaded not guilty to four counts including promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree, promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree and two counts of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Cameron-Ray has retained private defense attorney Michael Soong.

Cameron-Ray is alleged to have knowingly possessed 198 pills “containing the dangerous drug 3,4-Methylenedioxymethampethamine (MDMA), aka ‘Ecstasy’” and 300 Xanax bars. He was also allegedly carrying 2.6 grams of cocaine at the time of his arrest.

The total estimated street value for the items seized by KPD is $5,250, according to county spokeswoman Sarah Blane.

Promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree is a class B felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and carries a fine of up to $10,000. Promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree — for the 300 XANAX bars — is a class A felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Cameron-Ray has no criminal record, according to the office of the prosecuting attorney.

Friends of Cameron-Ray said he worked in Hanalei.

On May 16, Cameron-Ray was arrested after a postal inspector notified KPD of a parcel containing drugs was to be delivered to a home in Kapaa. He was booked and released after posting $42,000

The Garden Island reached out to Cameron-Ray at his work and his attorney, but calls were not returned.

However, on his Facebook page on June 19, a day after the county announced his arrest and drug involvement via a news release, he posted a message to his friends on his wall.

“This recent conniption was as much of a shock for all of you as it was for me. Interesting to see who reached out and who would rather gossip on Facebook, but that doesn’t matter,” Cameron-Ray wrote. “I’m gonna be alright and this will blow over so that is all that matters 🙂 I know what’s really going on and if you know me you might think this is a bit out of the ordinary. haha thank you everyone. love you guys.”

The preliminary hearing for Cameron-Ray is scheduled for July 19.

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