Hearings set for Hilo man, woman in drug bust

  • MINDY K. HELM

  • CHACE K. TAM

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 3 p.m. today for a Hilo man and woman taken into custody Thursday after a narcotics search warrant executed on a Waiakea House Lots home turned up drugs and firearms.

Hilo District Judge Bruce Larson on Monday denied defense requests to free 33-year-old Chace K. Tam and 31-year-old Mindy K. Helm on court-supervised release or to reduce their bail.

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Police say their search of the home turned up 40.8 grams of methamphetamine, 2.7 grams of heroin, prescription pills, miscellaneous items of drug paraphernalia, a sawed-off shotgun, a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with its serial number removed, and ammunition.

Tam is charged with two counts of first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, three counts of promotion of a dangerous drug, fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug, three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a prohibited weapon, altering weapon identification markings, and violating parole.

The most serious charge, first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, is a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, upon conviction.

Helm is charged with second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, four counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and violating probation.

The most serious charge, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, is a Class B felony with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, upon conviction.

Both remain in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, Tam in lieu of $251,000 bail for the drug and firearms charges and Helm in lieu of $65,000 bail on the drug charges and $50,000 bail for probation violation.

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Tam’s arrest for violating parole was on a no-bail warrant.

Email John Burnett at jburnett@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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