Police say drugs, shotgun found in home of Wailuku man

Bail kept at $500K for man facing litany of drug and weapon charges

WAILUKU — Police seized a “highly dangerous” combination of drugs as well as a loaded shotgun while searching the Wailuku residence of a man who was arrested Tuesday, a deputy prosecutor said.

Adam Gomes, 27, was charged with attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a harmful drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with intent to facilitate a felony drug offense, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a deadly or dangerous weapon in the commission of a crime, alteration of identification marks, storage of a firearm, responsibility with respect to minors and deadly weapons prohibited.

During his initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones asked for bail to remain at $500,000 for Gomes.

She said the high bail was set based on a police Crime Reduction Unit investigation into Gomes “as a distributor of illegal narcotics.”

In a search of his studio unit, officers found two packets of a substance that tested positive for cocaine, brass knuckles and a modified 12-gauge shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches that was loaded with five rounds of ammunition, Jones said. She said the shotgun was alongside the bed between the wall and bed frame with its barrel pointed up toward the head of the bed.

Police had information that a 3-year-old child was living at the house, where toys were observed, Jones said.

In a backpack at the foot of the bed, police found 97 tablets of a steroid and four packets containing a blue powdered substance, she said. One packet also contained 19 pills, she said.

A drug analysis of the pills and blue powder showed they contained a combination that included an animal tranquilizer, a stimulant, a depressant, cocaine and fentanyl, Jones said.

“It’s been related this is the most dangerous substance that’s been analyzed by the MPD Crime Lab,” she said.

“The combination is highly dangerous to humans, and it’s something new to Maui,” Jones said.

Deputy Public Defender Andres Tobar asked for lower bail or release on supervision for Gomes, who has no felony convictions.

“He’s a family man, he’s a working man,” Tobar said.

Jones said Gomes told police he is unemployed and has “side jobs fixing people’s rides.”

“He also demonstrated a knowledge of the prices of narcotics for sale,” Jones said. “If he does have a job, it’s certainly not one in which he is employed by another or pays taxes.”

She said Gomes has convictions for second-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, driving without a license, two counts of resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle and failure to appear.

Judge Michelle Drewyer kept bail at $500,000. If he posts bail to be released, Gomes was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to report for random drug testing.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.


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