The fallout from Saturday's drug bust in Waikoloa may affect far more than the five people arrested.
Police say William Lee Moore, former owner of Sharky's restaurant and bar in Kailua-Kona, taped drug deals using a video surveillance system that was confiscated along with two computers and three external hard drives.
Lt. Miles Chong said a confidential informant told police how Moore captured and stored the videos and images.
Chong said police are awaiting court approval to analyze the computers and hard drives.
Police say they learned about the alleged drug operation two years ago and were recently able to make a purchase from the 55-year-old Moore using the confidential informant.
The informant's name was withheld because the informant feared retribution, according to a search warrant submitted May 24 by Kona Vice Section officer Grad Elarionoff.
The case simply built up over a couple of years. We received information in bits and pieces and had to put the puzzle together enough to obtain a search warrant, Lt. Miles Chong said about the Saturday morning raid.
We always need public information as every bit of information may be a small part of the bigger puzzle.
More than two dozen prescription painkillers, a pound of marijuana and a half-ounce of crystal methamphetamine were allegedly found Saturday by police.
The informant allegedly observed Moore selling crystal meth, or "ice," in his Waikoloa home on several occasions to different individuals. During the search, police reportedly confiscated 15.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine packaged for distribution, a dozen marijuana plants, 1 pound of processed marijuana and residual amounts of cocaine.
Police also reportedly found an array of prescription painkillers, a .25 caliber pistol loaded with six cartridges, and a 10-round magazine were also discovered.
Chong said officers did not find evidence crystal meth was manufactured inside the home, adding police last located a crystal meth laboratory on the Big Island in 2006.
He attributed the decline to laws limiting the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can purchase and minimum jail sentences imposed on those convicted of meth trafficking.
Following the raid, police arrested four other people at the home, Michelle Moore, 25; Samantha Moore, 21; Keokalani Joaquin, 29; and Kimberly DeThomas, 26.
They were each charged with various drug-related offenses Saturday night.
William Moore was charged with three counts of promoting dangerous drugs, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, two counts of promoting detrimental drugs, and one count each of promoting a harmful drug, failure to obtain a firearm permit and methamphetamine trafficking.
Joaquin was charged with three counts of promoting dangerous drugs, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, and one count each of promoting detrimental drugs and failure to obtain a firearm permit.
Samantha Moore and DeThomas were each charged with three counts of promoting dangerous drugs, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, two counts of promoting detrimental drugs and one count of failure to obtain a firearm permit.
Michelle Moore was charged with three counts of promoting dangerous drugs, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, and one count each of promoting detrimental drugs and failure to obtain a firearm permit. She was also arrested and charged for two outstanding bench warrants.
Michelle Moore did not enter a plea at her arraignment and plea hearing Tuesday in South Kohala District Court. A preliminary hearing, where she will enter her plea, is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 29.
William Moore, Samantha Moore, DeThomas and Joaquin have yet to make initial appearances in District Court, according to Star Haleamau, Kona District Court supervisor.
Friday, June 4, 2010
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