Gun, drugs seized after traffic stop

  • John Patrick Rapozo

KAILUA-KONA — A traffic stop during the weekend led to the recovery of a loaded gun as well as thousands of dollars worth of heroin and methamphetamine, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

The incident occurred at 9:28 p.m. Sunday when a Hawaii Police Department officer stopped a motorist at Hale Makai Place for an alleged traffic violation.


When a firearm was seen inside the vehicle, the motorist, later identified as 44-year-old John Patrick Rapozo, was taken into custody. A search warrant for the car was granted.

The search yielded 7.8 grams of heroin, valued at about $1,600, and 5.7 ounces of methamphetamine, valued at about $6,800, according to police Maj. Robert Wagner.

Wagner said the firearm was a loaded 9 mm handgun.


Rapozo is charged with first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony drug offense.

He made his initial court appearance Tuesday in Kona District Court. Bail was maintained at $80,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

  1. PunaPerson March 28, 2018 8:14 am

    Wonder if those weights were before or after some law enforcement agent may have made “adjustments”?

    1. allin808 March 28, 2018 8:28 am

      Good point. .Hmmmmm…

  2. Jon Neet March 28, 2018 8:30 am

    Good job Hawaii Island police!!

    1. Steve Dearing March 28, 2018 8:00 pm

      I agree, a good job by our brave officers. Now the sign and release demo rat court system will have the culprit back in business in short order.

      1. Jon Neet March 29, 2018 3:04 pm

        Way to insult a large group of people there, Steve.

        1. Steve Dearing March 29, 2018 3:46 pm

          Anyone that foolishly supports the demo rats destruction of hard working families and small businesses of Hawaii is an insult in itself to Hawaii’s residents and taxpayers alike. Shame on you fool!

        2. Steve Dearing March 29, 2018 4:00 pm


  3. Anela O' Kalani March 28, 2018 1:43 pm

    You would think that if he had all that drugs and weapon, he would be more careful driving. Good thing they confiscated his drugs. Hope it don’t disappear like the cocaine did!

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