A 58-year-old Hawaii corrections officer has been charged after drug paraphernalia was allegedly discovered in a pickup truck during a traffic stop in Hilo.
Ricky R. Espejo of Ka‘u was charged Friday night with promoting a dangerous drug in the third-degree, a class C felony. He is in custody in lieu of $2,000 bail and scheduled to make his initial court appearance at Hilo District Court Monday.
Espejo is assigned to the Hawaii Community Correctional Center’s Hale Nani reintegration program.
At about midnight Thursday, police conducted a traffic stop of a pickup truck operated by a man later identified as Espejo after they observed a defective brake light and expired safety check. Police also discovered the safety inspection sticker to be fraudulent, according to a police news release.
Police arrested Espejo and a 29-year-old female passenger after an officer noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view. The passenger was later released pending further investigation.
Detectives executed a search warrant of the vehicle and recovered the drug paraphernalia “inclusive of items containing methamphetamine drug residue.”