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.