Joint marijuana eradication effort nets 4,629 plants 09-27-02

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO VICE SECTION
ACTING LIEUTENANT MARSHALL K. KANEHAILUA
PHONE: 961-2332
SEPTEMBER 27, 2002

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police officers destroyed a total of 4,629 marijuana plants ranging in height from seedlings to eight feet during a five-day eradication effort that ended Friday (September 27, 2002).

The eradication effort concentrated in the districts of Puna, North and South Hilo, Hamakua and North and South Kohala.

The confiscated marijuana was growing in 155 separate plots in the areas covered by the eradication effort.

Police reported no arrests or major incidents during the eradication effort.

Personnel from the Honolulu and Maui police departments, the Hawaii National Guard and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration joined Big Island police officers during the operation.

Last month, Hilo Vice Section officers destroyed a total of 12,418 marijuana plants ranging in height from seedlings to 10 feet on 675 separate plots during a five-day eradication effort in East Hawaii that ended on August 23.

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