The Hawai`i Police Department has arrested and charged a 43-year-old male with an array of drug and firearms offenses stemming from an incident that occurred late Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Hilo.
Police identified the individual arrested and charged as Cory George Young of Hilo.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, South Hilo Patrol officers observed a white Nissan sedan stopped in the left-turn lane on Kanoelehua Avenue towards the entrance to the airport. The vehicle was running; however, it was not moving. Officers approached the vehicle to investigate and observed the driver to be slumped over, and he appeared to be sleeping. Officers woke the driver up, identified as Young. He could not provide valid insurance or reregistration for the vehicle, and it was confirmed that he had a revoked driver’s license.
Officers had Young exit the vehicle and, at that time, observed the handle of a firearm protruding from under the driver’s seat.
Young was placed under arrest and transported to the South Hilo Police station. The vehicle was recovered as evidence and towed to the South Hilo Police station.
Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. The search of the vehicle yielded a loaded 22-caliber handgun, just over 2.17 pounds of methamphetamine, 21.4 grams of dried processed marijuana, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.
After conferring with prosecutors, Young was charged with Place to Keep Pistol/Revolver, Firearm on highway, two counts of Ownership Prohibited, Possession of a firearm with intent to facilitate drugs, Promotion of a Dangerous Drug in the first-degree, attempted Promotion of a Dangerous Drug in the first-degree, Place to Keep Ammunition, Promotion of a Detrimental Drug in the third-degree, and Driving without a valid Driver’s License. His total bail was set at 254,000.00
In addition to the charges stemming from this incident, Young was also arrested and charged on a no-bail parole violation warrant.
Young remained in custody pending his initial court appearance, which was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, in South Hilo District Court.