Probationer faces drug and firearms charges

  • GREGORY COOK

A 63-year-old Mountain View man faces numerous drug and firearm charges after a traffic stop in Hilo.

On Tuesday, officers conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck on Derby Lane in Hilo. Vice detectives executed a search warrant on the truck, driven by Gregory Cook, and found 27.9 grams of heroin, 27.9 grams of methamphetamine, 5.9 grams of marijuana, 4 acetaminophen-codeine phosphate pills, and numerous drug paraphernalia items associated with the sale and distribution of narcotics, police said.

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According to police, detectives also confiscated a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a metal expandable baton.

On Wednesday, after conferring with prosecutors, Cook was charged with two counts of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, marijuana possession, fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug, prohibited possession of a deadly weapon, carrying or possessing a loaded firearm on a public roadway, illegally carrying a firearm and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Also seized for possible forfeiture was $4,259 and the 2005 Mazda pickup that Cook was driving, police said.

At Cook’s initial court appearance Friday, Hilo District Judge Kanani Laubach maintained Cook’s bail at $158,000 and ordered him to return for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Cook was on probation at the time of arrest, having pleaded no contest on Nov. 8, 2017, to two counts of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and a single counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug.

The plea deal was in connection to a bust on Aug. 1, 2016, at Cook’s Fern Acres home.

Officers executing a search warrant found 364 grams of heroin, 8.1 grams of dried, processed marijuana, 1.4 grams of methamphetamine, 15 grams of cocaine plus Fentanyl patches.

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In return for his plea in that case, prosecutors dropped a first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug charge, a Class A felony which carries a potential 20-year prison term upon conviction.

The most serious charges Cook faces in the current case, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm on a public roadway are Class B felonies carrying a maximum 10-year prison term upon conviction.

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