Three Arrested for Drugs and Firearms Offenses

The Hawai`i Police Department has arrested three people for numerous drug and firearms offenses in West Hawai‘i after discovering narcotics, three weapons, and more than 800 rounds of ammunition while executing search warrants on a West Hawai‘i property.

On Thursday, March 4, Area II Vice officers executed search warrants at a property off Mamalahoa Highway in Kainaliu. As part of the investigation, officers recovered a total of 23.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a 20 gauge shotgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, a .44 caliber pistol, and more than 800 rounds of various types of rifle, shotgun, and pistol ammunition. Additionally, officers seized $894 for forfeiture.

Officers arrested 51-year-old Gerald Kim, of Kealakekua, for promotion of a dangerous drug in the second degree, four counts of firearm ownership/possession prohibited, and contempt of court. Kim’s wife, 51-year-old Rory Kim, was arrested for promotion of a dangerous drug in the third degree, while 48-year-old Jelson Leslie of Captain Cook was arrested for promotion of a dangerous drug in the third degree and two counts of failure to appear. 

After conferring with prosecutors, Gerald Kim and Rory Kim were charged for the offenses for which they were arrested. Bail for Gerald Kim was set at $126,000 and $2,000 for Rory Kim. Jelson Leslie was released pending further investigation for the drug offense, but remained in custody for his bench warrants, with his total bail set at $650. 

Pictured from left to right are Gerlad Kim, Rory Kim, Jelson Leslie. HPD photos.