Police say that during Thursday’s traffic stop, the patrol officer determined the car was stolen. These three suspects were arrested, and while police were investigating, they say they found a crystalline substance and paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine use in the car.
All three ended up charged with promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia on Friday.
From Hawaii County Police:
|Friday afternoon, Vice Section detectives charged the driver, 22-year-old Nakalohe Gersaba, who has no permanent address, his male passenger, 36-year-old Rico Echiverri, who also has no permanent address, and his female passenger, 24-year-old Zerica Bell-Ching of Kapaʻau, with promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Gersaba was also charged with driving without a license, driving without insurance and failure to appear. His bail was set at $37,300. Police continue to investigate a possible charge against him for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.
Echiverri was additionally charged with contempt of court and violating probation. His bail was set at $135,000.
Bell-Ching’s bail was set at $7,000.
They spent the weekend in a cellblock, pending their initial court appearance on Monday.