Second suspect in ice-trafficking case going to court

A 21-year-old who was caught at Lihu’e Airport in October, allegedly carrying crystal methamphetamine, or ice, is expected to be in court next week to be arraigned.

Catlin Malia Simpson was picked up on Monday, Dec. 26, in Hanalei, according to the Kaua’i Police Department arrest log, and again charged with the crimes of methamphetamine trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia..

She is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on Jan. 3, according to the arrest log. Simpson was released on $21,000 bail.

Simpson was indicted by members of a Kaua’i grand jury on Monday, Dec. 19, on the ice and paraphernalia charges.

Methamphetamine trafficking is a Class-A felony, and carries a mandatory minimum prison term of five years.

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class-C felony, and carries a maximum prison term of five years. She was one of two people who were caught at the airport, allegedly with nearly a pound of ice found in their possession, according to earlier Kaua’i Police Department information.

Edward Kamakahea Kauo was indicted on the same charges. He pleaded not guilty to the felony counts on Thursday, Dec. 22.

The estimated street value of the seizure is between $200,000 and $225,000, KPD officers said. Officers with KPD’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit and Ice Task Force, acting on a tip from a member of the public, arrested Kauo and Simpson when they arrived at the airport on Oct. 10, police officials said.


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