Drug arrests in Kapaau

Kapaau arrestsKAPAAU, Hawaii – A traffic stop because of a seatbelt violation resulted in three arrests and drug charges last week in Kapa’au.

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.

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