Suspect in high-profile drugs, weapons case pleads guilty to 13 charges

David Harraway
David Harraway

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Ewa Beach man scheduled to go to trial this week in a high-profile drugs and weapons case pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges Thursday.

David Harraway, 42, pleaded guilty as charged to nine firearms offenses, three drugs counts, and auto theft. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced February 7th.

Armed with a search warrant, Honolulu police raided the defendant's home on Amio Street in January. Investigators said they seized a half-ounce of methamphetamine, four grams of marijuana, drug pipes, and 22 firearms including six revolvers, four rifles and four shotguns.

HPD displayed the evidence during a news conference.

Harraway's attorney says there was a reason he was in possession of so many weapons.

"In fact, these guns were being repaired by my client. He can fix almost anything, the car as well," Debra Loy, deputy public defender, said. "He was a drug user, not a dealer."

Even though Harraway pleaded guilty, the defense is still appealing the denial of its motion to suppress evidence in the case. Loy says the search was illegal, and that police did not follow proper procedures.

"I guess that's their side of the story," Darrell Wong, deputy prosecutor, said. "This was a search warrant case, though, based on probable cause to believe that there was drugs in the house, along with that being drug activity."

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide the minimum sentence Harraway must serve before he is eligible for release.

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