Narcotics search warrant leads to eight arrests in Kona


Six Big Island residents are facing drug charges after police executed a narcotics search warrant Monday at a Seaview Circle home in North Kona.

Officers reportedly located 0.6 grams of methamphetamine, numerous items of methamphetamine paraphernalia, 0.8 grams of dried marijuana, prescription pills and several rounds of unspent ammunition during the search, according to police. Eight residents were arrested at the scene.

Ultimately, six adults were charged with drug offenses. Two men, ages 18 and 24, were released pending further investigation on Tuesday, according to police.

Joseph Garcia-Hine, 30, was charged with two counts promoting dangerous drugs, one count possessing drug paraphernalia, and two counts ownership/possession when prohibited. He was also arrested and charged on two outstanding arrest warrants. His bail was set at $85,000.

Jackie Holder, 40, was charged with one count each promoting dangerous drugs and possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $4,000.

John Jones, 30, was charged two counts 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, was charged with two counts promoting dangerous drugs and one count each promoting detrimental drugs and possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $6,250.

Anthony McPherson, 26, was charged with one count each promoting dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $4,000.

Brandon Post, 26, was charged with one count of promoting detrimental drugs. His bail was set at $250.

The warrant was served in response to numerous community complaint, police said. The department’s Area II Vice Section worked with Community Policing officers from Kona and the state Attorney General’s Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit.

Police encourage members of the public to report suspected narcotics activity to the department’s Ice Hotline at 329-0423 in West Hawaii and at 934-8423 in East Hawaii.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo 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.