Hawaii Island police report that three men and a woman were charged with an assortment of drug offenses after vice officers served a search warrant Tuesday, March 3, in Holualoa.
During the search of a home on the 75-5200 block of Mamalahoa Highway, officers recovered 13.7 grams of a crystalline substance, 0.3 grams of a brown tar-like substance, 1.2 grams of a dried, green leafy material, one suspected MDMA pill (commonly known as “ecstasy”), one unprescribed prescription pill, paraphernalia associated with meth use and distribution; a loaded, unregistered .22-caliber revolver and $344 in cash for forfeiture.
Arrested at the scene were the resident, 63-year-old Edward Schoeppner Jr. of Holualoa; along with 38-year-old Jose Garcia, who has no permanent address; 40-year-old David Mahi, who has no permanent address; and 43-year-old Teri Pedro of Kailua-Kona. They were taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.
On Wednesday afternoon, Schoeppner was charged with meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia in connection with Tuesday’s search warrant. He was also charged with meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a harmful drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia for a December search warrant at the same house, during which he fled the scene. His bail was set at $96,500.
Garcia was charged with meth trafficking, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and five firearms offenses. His bail was set at $193,000.
Mahi was charged with two counts each of promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $8,000.
Pedro was charged with promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a harmful drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $5,000.
They remained at the cellblock until their initial court appearance on Thursday, March 5.