Volcano drug bust 01-30-07

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
AREA I VICE SECTION
ACTING LIEUTENANT STEVEN CORREIA
PHONE: 935-2207
JANUARY 30, 2007
REPORT NO. 07003298

Marijuana and other drugs recovered Monday in Volcano,
including two pounds of hashish (at right)

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police dismantled a major hashish manufacturing operation and marijuana cultivation site Monday (January 29) in Volcano.

Vice officers executed a search warrant at a 29-acre ranch on Amaumau Road and found three indoor growing operations located in various structures on the property.

Police arrested 64-year-old David Finley at the scene. His wife, 60-year-old Mary Finley, later turned herself in. Both are in custody in the Hilo police cellblock pending notification to federal authorities and a decision whether to charge them with numerous drug offenses.

Police recovered 199 marijuana plants (ranging from seedlings to 3 feet tall), 75.65 pounds of dried marijuana, two pounds of processed hashish, hashish manufacturing equipment, 18.8 grams of psilocybins (illegal mushrooms) and 59 schedule II controlled methadone pills.

Part of the dried marijuana included 127 individually vacuum-sealed 1-ounce packets, each labeled with prices ranging from $280 to $300.

David Finley has a valid medical marijuana permit, which entitles him to grow up to seven marijuana plants as a caregiver for another person.

Police estimate the value of the seized contraband at $500,000. Acting Lieutenant Steven Correia said this was the largest quantity of dried marijuana and hashish seized in recent memory and possibly the largest ever for the Hawaii Police Department.

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