Puna man, 45, faces marijuana charges after search

Published On: Jan 27 2014 02:08:00 PM HST

Raymond Eastridge

HILO, Hawaii -

One man has been charged and another released following their arrests during the execution of a marijuana search warrant last week in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision in Puna, according to Big Island police.

Vice officers served the search warrant Friday morning at a home on Road 1 and recovered 51 marijuana plants, ranging in height from 1 to 3 feet, 168.5 grams of dried processed marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Two 45-year-old residents were arrested at the scene and taken to the South Hilo police cellblock while Vice detectives continued the investigation.

After conferring with prosecutors, one of the men was released without charges.  Raymond Eastridge was charged with second-degree promoting marijuana, second-degree promoting a detrimental drug, third degree promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

His bail was set at $7,250.  He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

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