The Hawaiʻi Police Department was asked to assist the Department of Human Services’ Welfare Fraud Investigation Division with the execution a search warrant on Tuesday (November 3) at a home on Uilani Drive in the Ainaloa subdivision in Puna. As a result, 45-year-old Jaylin M. Kema of Pāhoa was arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to the Hilo police cellblock for investigators from the Department of Human Services.

During the execution of the search warrant, police also recovered items unrelated to the DHS investigation.

On Wednesday morning, while Kema was still at the cellblock, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested her on suspicion of ownership prohibited of a firearm, altering a serial number on a firearm, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug.

At 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, police arrested her husband, 45-year-old Peter J. Kema Sr. of Pāhoa, on suspicion of ownership prohibited of a firearm, ownership prohibited of ammunition, altering a serial number on a firearm, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug.

Both remain at the cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.