Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Bail revoked for
violating conditions

Yvonne Haxton was banned
from using firearms and
drugs while free on bail

By Debra Barayuga

A federal magistrate has ordered a Kailua woman charged with unlawful transport of firearms be held without bail after she violated conditions of her release.

Yvonne Haxton and her husband, Michael Haxton, head of the nonprofit Hawaii Credit Counseling, were indicted Feb. 7 on a federal firearms charge.

The indictment also charged three other defendants with wire fraud and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.

The Haxtons both pleaded not guilty on Feb. 8.

Yvonne Haxton had been released Feb. 12 after posting an unsecured $25,000 bond.

As a condition of her release, she was prohibited from possessing or having access to firearms or illegal substances.

U.S. Magistrate Barry Kurren granted the government's motion yesterday to have her bail revoked after the Pretrial Services Office reported that she tested positive for drug use Feb. 17 -- just days after she was released on bail -- and on March 27.

She also failed to report for drug testing on Feb. 19.

She was rearrested April 12, the same day federal agents conducted a search of husband Michael Haxton's office at Hawaii Credit Counseling and recovered a 9 mm automatic firearm in a false shelf bottom of a closet.

He now faces an additional charge of being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Thomas said Yvonne Haxton has been out on bail since Feb. 12.

But Sam King Jr., attorney for Yvonne Haxton, said she had been accepted into a drug treatment program at Sand Island, as recommended by Pretrial Services.

"She should be in Sand Island," he said.

He said he will appeal Kurren's decision.

A detention hearing for Michael Haxton was continued to April 24.

Trial has been set for June 27.

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