Kalaupapa 'ice' suspect granted bail
By Jim Dooley
Advertiser Staff Writer
Kalaupapa Hansens disease patient Norbert K. Palea can be released on $25,000 bond while awaiting trial on charges of shipping crystal methamphetamine from Oçahu to Molokaçi, U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi ruled Thursday.
Palea, 68, is the youngest resident of the Kalaupapa Hansens disease settlement.
According to a criminal complaint filed against him this week, Palea allegedly shipped illicit drugs to Molokaçi last year and again this year.
Federal drug agents followed Palea during a state-sponsored trip to Oçahu Feb. 25 and 26 and allegedly discovered some 18 grams of crystal meth in a box he tried to send to Molokaçi.
Kobayashi ordered Palea to surrender his passport, undergo periodic drug tests and complete a drug-assessment program.
The $25,000 bond will be signature-only, meaning Palea does not have to post cash with the court but will be liable for the sum if he fails to abide by the terms of his release.
I dont want to see you again, Kobayashi told Palea.