Four arrested in ‘ice’ bust at Kona residence 06-11-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
AREA II CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION
ACTING CAPTAIN ROBERT HICKCOX
PHONE: (808)36-4205
JUNE 11, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

Four persons were arrested Thursday, June 10, 2004, after West Hawaii Ice Task Force and Vice officers served a search warrant for narcotics, at a residence in Keopu, Kona.

Edward Schoeppner, M-52, of Keopu, Sylvia Branco, F-44, of Kealakehe, Brett Lazarick, M-45, of Waikoloa, and Paul Pomaikai, M-31, of Keopu, were arrested after officers recovered “Ice” crystal methamphetamine, an assortment of drug paraphernalia and controlled prescription pills at the residence.

Edward Schoeppner was arrested and charged with Distribution of Dangerous Drugs, 4 counts of Promoting Dangerous Drug, 4 counts of Drug Paraphernalia and Promoting Harmful Drugs. Bail for Schoeppner was set at $35,000.

Sylvia Branco was arrested and charged for 2 counts of Promoting Dangerous drugs and 2 counts of Drug Paraphernalia. Bail for Branco is set at $4,000.

Brett Lazarick and Paul Pomaikai were both arrested for 2 counts of Promoting Dangerous Drugs and 2 counts Drug Paraphernalia. They were later released pending further investigation.

During the investigation, officers seized 8.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine, glass smoking pipes, ziploc bags, scales, torches, straw scoopers, 3 controlled prescription pills, $353.00 in currency and 2 vehicles.

Schoeppner and Branco were unable to post bail and are currently being held at the cellblock of the Kona District Station.

The search warrant in this investigation was obtained as a result of complaints received of drug activity occurring at the residence.

The Hawaii County Police Department encourages residents to call the “Ice” Hotlines to report possible illicit drug use and activity. All information is kept confidential. The telephone number in West Hawaii is 329-0-ICE (329-0423) and in East Hawaii the number is 934-VICE (934-8423).

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