Traffic stop leads to drug seizure

Police arrested two members of the Say family for drug trafficking last week after a traffic stop led to the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana and morphine sulfates, county officials said in a press release.

Responding to a report of reckless driving on Kuhio Highway near Moloa’a last week, Kaua’i Police Department officers pulled over the driver of the vehicle. Byron Say, 37, who had a warrant for his arrest for contempt of court, fled the scene on foot, and was apprehended near the Kawaihau Road and Kuhio Highway intersection.

Say’s sister-in-law, Aquila Say, 31, was also in the vehicle, and was arrested for interfering with government operations.

Officers from the KPD Narcotics Enforcement Unit seized 33.3 grams of methamphetamine, 1.9 grams of marijuana, 45 pills of various dosages of morphine sulfates, and a switchblade knife.

Two days later, both Says were charged with promotion of dangerous drugs, prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia, promotion of a detrimental drug, promotion of a harmful drug, and a weapons charge.

Byron Say, a North Shore resident, is about to stand trial for a hit-and-run accident last June in which the vehicle he was driving struck a motorcycle driven by Steve Wheeler. Lisa Wilson, a passenger on the motorcycle, was knocked off the motorcycle and suffered multiple fractures and several internal injuries, and has also filed a civil suit against both Say and the rental-car company.

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