Prosecutors push to have alleged West Oahu criminal ringleader detained as he awaits trial
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An alleged West Oahu gang leader appeared in federal court Friday morning.
Federal prosecutors describe Edward Caspino as the ringleader of a major criminal operation in Waianae.
He and five co-defendants are accused of overseeing large-scale chicken fights — also known as derbies — from June 2020 to this past spring.
One of those events Caspino is said to have organized erupted in gunfire and left two people dead.
The 46-year-old Caspino appeared in federal court Friday morning as prosecutors are trying to have him detained through his January trial.
They cite a number of factors, including Caspino’s lengthy criminal history with five prior felony convictions and current charges of meth distribution.
In court documents, he’s also described as a danger to the community.
Surveillance video captures him allegedly assaulting a man at a previous Waianae residence and prosecutors say he has access to firearms, which is illegal given his status as a convicted felon.
In their motion to detain, prosecutors also laid out evidence implying Caspino may intend to tamper with or intimidate a potential witness.
During transport to court earlier this week, he indicated he may know someone cooperating with the government’s case and told a federal agent quote, “you’re going to need (him/her) to testify, huh. if you can find (him /her).”
Caspino is also considered a serious flight risk with access to thousands of dollars in cash.
A detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
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