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Police arrest 15 in Waimea drug sweep 05-07-03

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
KONA VICE SECTION
LIEUTENANT ROBERT P. HICKCOX
PHONE: 326-4205
MAY 7, 2003

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police raided four residences in Waimea and arrested 15 persons Wednesday (May 7, 2003) for various drug offenses.

Armed with search warrants, Kona Vice Section officers were joined in the raid by officers from Community Policing, Kona Patrol, Kona Criminal Investigation Section, Kona Juvenile Aid Section and Criminal Intelligence Unit and agents of the U.S. Customs Service.

The officers also recovered undetermined amounts of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, Schedule 3 drugs, a firearm with ammunition and U.S. currency.

Police made the drug sweep in response to numerous complaints from neighborhood residents.

Arrested at the first residence, an apartment complex, were four individuals. They were identified as:

Arrested at the second residence were five individuals. They were identified as:

Arrested at the third residence, an apartment complex, was one person, identified as Irma Freitas, 52. She was arrested for promoting dangerous drugs and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the fourth residence were five persons. They were identified as:

The juveniles were released pending further investigation. The adults were being held overnight at the Kona police cellblock.

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