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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Convicted drug trafficker must serve at least 6 years

Advertiser Staff

A 28-year-old Kailua, Kona, man was sentenced Monday to serve a minimum six years of a 46-year jail sentence for his role in trafficking crystal methamphetamine on the Big Island, West Hawaii Today reported.

Darren Kaeleukekahi Ching must also pay $7,570 in fines and fees.

Ching pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to reduced charges of first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree theft and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

Ching and his wife, Cherlynne Ching, were arrested Aug. 5 after a police search of their Ahulani Street rented home. Police found 7 pounds of cocaine, 10 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, a half-ounce of crack cocaine and other drugs and items valued at more than $222,000.

Cherlynne Ching was sentenced March 22 to two years in jail, 16 years probation and 200 hours community service and ordered to pay $6,715 in fines and fees.