Two arrested in elderly housing drug bust

The Kaua‘i Police Department seized 62.7 grams of methamphetamine and 25.9 grams of marijuana last week from residents of an elderly housing complex in ‘Ele‘ele.

KPD officers made two arrests after several residents made complaints about suspected drug dealing, Sgt. Michael Contrades said in an e-mail yesterday.

According to a county press release issued Monday afternoon, officers executed a search warrant around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Grant Gribble, 58, and Cynthia Koja, 50, were arrested on a variety of charges, including suspicion of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, a class-C felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail; third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, a petty misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail; and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia, a class-C felony that carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in jail.

Gribble and Koja also were arrested under suspicion of methamphetamine trafficking, a felony with a punishment that can vary greatly depending on several factors including prior record, Lt. Scott Yagihara said.

Though both Gribble and Koja were arrested, Gribble has not been charged, Yagihara said.

Both were residents of Hale Ho‘onanea, an elderly housing complex on Kaua‘i’s Westside.

In addition to the 62.7 grams of methamphetamine and 25.9 grams of marijuana, police also confiscated drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Koja is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 in district court.

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