Marijuana Sweep Nets Nearly 15,000 Plants 08-24-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO VICE SECTION
LIEUTENANT HENRY TAVARES
PHONE: 961-2253
AUGUST 24, 2001
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MEDIA RELEASE

Hilo Vice Section officers confiscated 14,927 marijuana plants ranging in height from seedlings to 12 feet in height during a five-day operation that ended Friday (August 24, 2001).

Big Island police were joined in the operation by members of the Statewide Marijuana Eradication Task Force.

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

It concentrated in the areas of Honomu, Pepeekeo, Carvalho Park, Hawaiian Acres, Waawaa, Pahoa, Fern Forest, Makuu Homestead, Kalapana Seaview, Leilani Estates, Black Sands, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Keaau, Pahoa, Orchidland, Ainaloa, Wood Valley, Mark Twain Estates, Malama, Kukuihaele, Paauilo, Ninole and Ookala.

No incidents were reported in the operation, and no arrests were made.

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