Trial set in large drug bust


Trial is set for an Ainaloa couple facing several charges after a bust last month that netted nearly 100 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.

Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura on Monday ordered 53-year-old Gilbert Espiritu and 56-year-old Patricia Morby to appear for trial on March 18 at 9 a.m.

Espiritu and Morby were arrested Oct. 18 after police served a search warrant on three Tiki Lane properties led to what police described as an indoor marijuana-growing site they police believe is part of a larger drug distribution operation.

Police say officers confiscated 321 marijuana plants, 96 clones, 98.8 pounds of dried marijuana, 2.5 grams of heroin, 125 grams of hashish and 232 hydrocodone pills — a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller marketed as Vicodin — in indoor-growing operations at two of the properties.

Espiritu and Morby, who were arrested at the scene, were both charged with four counts of first-degree promotion of marijuana, two counts of second-degree promotion of marijuana, two counts of promoting a harmful drug, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and 10 counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Both are free pending trial, Espiritu on $66,000 bail and Morby on supervised release.

 

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