11/11/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST
Will Hawaiian authorities bust Whitney Houston? Local law officials are currently deciding whether or not to file drug charges against the pop star, 36, who was allegedly found to be carrying 15.2 grams of marijuana in her bag on Jan. 11 at a security checkpoint at Keahole-Kona International Airport. Although detained, the diva -- reportedly accompanied by her husband, musician Bobby Brown -- left the scene and boarded her United Airlines flight for San Francisco before police arrived. Hawaii County Prosecutor Jay Kimura said he would await the findings of a police investigation before deciding whether to charge Houston. He told reporters that the most likely charge would be promoting a detrimental drug, which carries a sentence of up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Kimura, saying that his office typically does not pursue mainland suspects who are charged with petty misdemeanors (including pot possession), noted that Houston could be served with a summons if she ever returns to the islands and could be arrested if she ignores the summons.