SAN FRANCISCO — A Redwood Town guy has been arrested and charged with possessing no less than 5 kilograms of cocaine for distribution, after state and federal government spent weeks monitoring him and his cousin’s flights between Hawaii and California, courtroom document display.
Javier Chavez, 45, is in Santa Rita Prison in Dublin watching for extradition to Honolulu, the place he faces federal cocaine trafficking fees along side his co-defendant, Ping Hong Lee, courtroom data display. The felony criticism main points how federal government tracked Chavez for weeks in the hunt for proof of his involvement in a cocaine trafficking ring. They have been most commonly unsuccessful, till government in Hawaii pulled over a Porsche with Lee and Chavez within, and allegedly discovered a duffle bag with 23 kilos of cocaine within.
Chavez had his first courtroom look this week prior to U.S. Justice of the Peace Pass judgement on Laurel Beeler, who learn him his rights and requested if he understood the character of the fees towards him.
“No, I do not know –” Chavez began to mention, however Beeler lower him off, caution him towards doable self-incrimination in open courtroom. When she re-read the fees a 2d time, Chavez mentioned he understood.
The felony criticism alleges that government have been investigating Chavez’s cousin, who’s referred to just as “Particular person 1,” for alleged cocaine trafficking from the Bay Space to Hawaii. Particular person 1 was once additionally suspected of running to retrofit a Hawaiian bar, described as a “identified hangout” for drug traffickers, into an unlawful playing den.
The federal investigation began with a tip from Hawaii Division of Public Protection Dep. Dexter Kauahi to a Drug Enforcement Management agent, the criticism says.
“Deputy Kauahi said that Particular person 1 allegedly travelled from California lately with (roughly 22 – 33 kilos) of cocaine,” DEA Activity Pressure Officer Sean Springer wrote within the criticism. “Deputy Kauahi additionally said that he realized that Particular person 1 had lately returned to San Francisco with $400,000- $500,000 of United States forex to buy extra narcotics and is because of go back to Hawaii.”
After the end, federal government tracked Chavez and Particular person 1 as they booked flights between Hawaii and California. They adopted the boys round airports in San Francisco and Hawaii, watched them hang around on the American Airline’s Admiral Membership, or even took notice in their journeys to the boys’s room. On Jan. 13, Springer requested Particular person 1 to consent to a seek of his luggage on the Honolulu airport. Particular person 1 gave the impression “fearful and shaky” to the officer, however the seek became up not anything unlawful, the criticism says.
However the next day to come, government in Hawaii noticed Chavez and Particular person 1 leaving the Hawaiian Monarch resort in Honolulu and noticed Chavez — wearing a blue duffle bag — input a Porsche being pushed by means of Lee, the criticism alleges. They tried to prevent the Porsche however it sped off and government determined to discontinue the chase. However 5 mins later, a Honolulu police squad automobile pulled over the Porsche.
The 23 kilos of cocaine have been discovered within the duffle bag, consistent with the criticism.
Federal prosecutors have moved to clutch the Porsche, along side an undisclosed amount of money and a pistol allegedly discovered within, at the grounds that the pieces and forex have been both used for drug trafficking or proceeds of drug gross sales, consistent with the indictment.
Chavez is subsequent due again in courtroom Feb. 8, when a pass judgement on will rule on whether or not to unfastened him from prison or stay him in custody till he’s transported to Hawaii.