In response to numerous community complaints, police executed a narcotics search warrant Monday (March 4) at a residence on the 77-6500 block of Seaview Circle in Kailua-Kona. The Area II Vice Section worked in conjunction with Community Policing officers from Kona and the Department of Attorney General’s Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit.
Police recovered 0.6 grams of methamphetamine, numerous items of methamphetamine paraphernalia, 0.8 grams of dried marijuana, prescription pills and several rounds of unspent ammunition.
Eight residents were arrested at the scene on suspicion of promoting dangerous drugs. They were taken to the Kona police cellblock while Vice detectives continued the investigation.
Tuesday evening (March 5), 18-year-old Laiko Arii and 24-year-old Kaina Black were released pending further investigation.
The other six were charged as follows:
- Joseph Garcia-Hine, 30, with two counts of promoting dangerous drugs, one count of possessing drug paraphernalia, and two counts of ownership/possession prohibited. He was also arrested and charged on two outstanding arrest warrants. His bail was set at $85,000.
- Jackie Holder, 40, with one count each of promoting dangerous drugs and possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $4,000.
- John Jones, 30, with two counts of promoting dangerous drugs and one count each of promoting detrimental drugs and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested and charged on an outstanding criminal contempt warrant. His bail was set at $6,550.
- Kahulaaona Kalili-Jones, with two counts of promoting dangerous drugs and one count each of promoting detrimental drugs and possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $6,250.
- Anthony McPherson, 26, with one count each of promoting dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $4,000.
- Brandon Post, 26, with one count of promoting detrimental drugs. His bail was set at $250.
All charged individuals were held at the Kona police cellblock pending their initial court appearance on Wednesday morning (March 6).
Police encourage members of the public to report suspected narcotics activity to the Police Department’s Ice Hotlines at 329-”ZERO-ICE” (329-0423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Kaʻū, Kona, South Kohala and North Kohala, and at 934-”VICE” (934-8423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo and Hāmākua.
Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.