Big Island police say a Puna woman is being held on $1 million bail after being charged with heroin and weapons offenses.
On Thursday (May 10), officers served a narcotics search warrant on a Melekule Street home in the Orchidland subdivision, where they recovered approximately a pound of heroin, digital scales, packaging materials, two firearms and $5,200 in cash.
Officers arrested two women at the scene. Cathrine R. Kessaris, 58, of Orchidland was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation. A 52-year-old Keaʻau woman was released without charges.
On Friday, Kessaris was charged with promoting a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and ownership prohibited. Her bail was set at $1 million.
She remained at the Hilo cellblock pending her initial court appearance on Monday (May 14).