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Judge reduces bail for suspect caught with drugs, scale in Walmart parking lot

Man is arrested just a month after release from prison

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $100,000 for a man who was arrested last week after police reported seeing him with heroin and a scale in a vehicle in a Kahului parking lot.

Leon McGregor Jr., 37, of Wailuku was charged with attempted first-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, second-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, third-degree promoting of a detrimental drug and third-degree theft.

At a bail hearing Thursday, Deputy Public Defender Tyler Stevenson asked for McGregor’s bail to be reduced to $25,000, saying it had been set at the “extraordinary amount” of $200,000 after his arrest Oct. 28.

Deputy Prosecutor Joanne Hicks asked for bail to remain at $200,000, citing the seriousness of the crimes.

On Oct. 28, police Crime Reduction Unit officers saw McGregor with heroin and a scale in a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot, Hicks said. She said officers also observed heroin packaged for sale near the gear shifter.

After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, police recovered 8.21 grams, or one-fourth ounce, of heroin, including some packaged for sale, as well as 4.65 grams of marijuana, $460 in cash and a stolen laptop computer, Hicks said.

She said McGregor’s arrest occurred little more than a month after he was released from prison Sept. 10 after serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree robbery.

He was sentenced to the prison term after initially being placed on probation but not complying with requirements, Hicks said.

She said McGregor has prior convictions for fourth-degree theft, open container, three counts of driving without a license and three counts of contempt of court. In California, he has convictions for first-degree burglary and threatening to terrorize, Hicks said.

After considering factors including McGregor’s criminal history and limited finances, 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza said the appropriate bail amount was $100,000.

If he is released on bail, McGregor was ordered to report for supervision. He also was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to stay away from Walmart and its parking lot.