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Traffic stop leads to drug charges against two Big Island women

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A police stop for a defective tail light led to drug charges against two Waikoloa women.

Officers stopped a 2008 Jeep sport utility vehicle on Queen Kaahumanu Highway near Makala Street in Kailua-Kona at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Police discovered that the driver, Samantha Moore, 22, of Waikoloa was wanted on a warrant for contempt of court. 

After further investigation, police arrested Moore and her passenger, Gena Arter, 31, of Waikoloa on suspicion of of promotion of a dangerous drug.

Vice officers obtained a search warrant for the Jeep and recovered 24.7 grams of methamphetamine, numerous prescription pills, various paraphernalia associated with drug distribution, a loaded .22 magnum caliber rifle, an unloaded .357 caliber revolver and $206 in cash. 

Detectives charged Moore Tuesday with second-degree meth trafficking, second-degree promotion of dangerous drugs and various other drug and firearms offenses. Her bail was set at $147,000. Arter was charged with drug and firearms offenses. Her bail was set at $15,500. 

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