Marijuana Sweep Nets 4,981 Plants 10-19-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO VICE SECTION
LIEUTENANT HENRY TAVARES
PHONE: 961-2253
OCTOBER 19, 2001

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island vice officers confiscated 4,981 marijuana plants ranging in height from seedlings to 10 feet during a five-day operation that ended Friday (October 19, 2001).

Big Island vice officers were joined in the operation by personnel from the Statewide Marijuana Eradication Task Force.

This week’s marijuana sweep — which covered areas of Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo, Puna and Ka’u — was part of the department’s continuing “Counter-Cannabis Field Operation.”

The operation concentrated on the areas of Paauilo in Hamakua; Stainback Highway, Panaewa, Keaukaha, King’s Landing, Wainaku, Waiakea Uka, Kaiwiki and Honomu in South Hilo; Ninole in North Hilo; Fern Forest, Shipman Estates, Pohoiki, Kapoho, Eden Roc, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Acres, Leilani Estates and Orchidland Estates in Puna; and Pahala, Wood Valley, Punaluu and Waiohinu in Ka’u.

Officers reported finding no booby traps or other incidents during the eradication operation.

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