HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO VICE SECTION
LIEUTENANT HENRY TAVARES
MARCH 2, 2000
Hilo vice officers arrested three men while conducting two raids Wednesday (March 1, 2000) on separate indoor marijuana growing operations in Puna.
At 10:10 a.m., Hilo Vice Section officers executed a search warrant on a residence in Hawaiian Paradise Park and found an indoor marijuana growing operation. Inside, they confiscated 259 plants ranging in height from seedlings to 6 inches.
Outside, they recovered an additional 112 marijuana plants about 2-feet-6 in height. They also recovered one pound of dried marijuana.
The officers arrested the occupants, males 22 and 21, on two counts commercial promotion of marijuana, numerous counts of promotion of a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. The two suspects were released pending further investigation.
The second raid occurred after Puna patrol officers responded to a 6:56 p.m. fire alarm call to a residence in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision. Arriving at the scene, the patrol officers found no evidence of a blaze, but saw marijuana growing. They notified the Hilo Vice Section, which obtained a search warrant.
At the residence, the vice officers discovered a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing facility that included a hydroponic operation. They recovered 241 marijuana plants ranging in height from seedlings to 2 feet.
Inside, the officers also seized 4.3 pounds of dried marijuana. Outside, they recovered another 115 marijuana plants. They also recovered $1,300 in cash for forfeiture.
They arrested the occupant, a 45-year-old man, on three counts of commercial promotion of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. The suspect was released pending further investigation.
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