8-02-21 Mountain View Man Arrested for 22 Drug and Firearms Offenses

Hawai‘i Police Department                           
Criminal Investigation Division – Area 1
Lieutenant Royce Serrao
Phone: (808) 935-3311
Report No.: 21-062385

Media Release

Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged a Mountain View man with 22 drug and firearms offenses after recovering 27.2 pounds of dried marijuana, 232 live marijuana plants, 14 rifles, and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition.

Area I Vice detectives arrested 59-year-old Loran Jeffrey Gross on Friday, July 30, 2021, following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the Mountain View area.

In addition to the substantial amount of dried marijuana, the marijuana plants, rifles, and ammunition, police also recovered a semi-automatic hand gun, a methamphetamine smoking pipe, and various drug paraphernalia during the search of the residence.

Gross, who has 10 prior felony convictions, was charged for three counts commercial promotion of marijuana in the first degree, one count attempted commercial promotion of marijuana in the first degree, one count promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, 14 counts ownership or possession prohibited firearms, two counts ownership or possession prohibited ammunition, and one count possession of firearm with the intent to facilitate commission of a felony drug offense. His bail was set at $660,000.

He remains in custody pending his initial court appearance, Monday, August 2, in South Hilo District Court.

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