9-08-23 Fentanyl Arrests and Recovery Stats for August 2023

Hawai‘i Police Department
Office of the Chief
Chief Benjamin T. Moszkowicz
Phone: (808) 961-2344

Media Release

As part of its continuing community outreach about the dangers of fentanyl, Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) provides monthly updates on the amount of fentanyl related arrests (possession/distribution) in Hawai‘i County and the quantity of fentanyl recovered for the preceding month.

During the month of August 2023, there was a total of six fentanyl related arrests, zero in Area I (east Hawai‘i) and six in Area II (west Hawai‘i). Police recovered a total of 132.3 grams of illicit fentanyl last month, including 1 gram in Area I and 131.3 grams in Area II. The Hawai‘i Police Department recovered a total of 36 fentanyl pills, with zero recovered in Area I and 36 recovered in Area II.

Area I (East Hawai‘i) Area II (West Hawai‘i)
Month/2023Fentanyl ArrestsFentanyl Recovered: GramsFentanyl Recovered: Pills Month/2023Fentanyl ArrestsFentanyl Recovered: GramsFentanyl Recovered: Pills
January200 January6148.45422
 February057.790  February491.979
March234.612 March429.1315
April21.2450 April219.930
 May109.132  May378.475
June156.1433 June000
July6254.716,317 July31.250
August010 August6131.336
Total23414.626,404 Total28500.28707

Hawai‘i Police Department is committed to fighting drugs on island and apprehending those that distribute and sell illegal narcotics. In recent years, the use of illicit fentanyl has reached epidemic proportions on the mainland and Hawai‘i. Criminal drug networks are mixing this dangerous synthetic opioid into illegal counterfeit pills and selling them as legitimate prescription pills, often with deadly consequences.

Fentanyl safety tips

For fentanyl safety tips, how to recognize fentanyl poisoning, and more, please go to HPD’s website: https://www.hawaiipolice.com/services/crime-tips#fentanyl.

Have a drug tip? HPD wants to hear from you!

If you have information relating to illicit drug use and distribution, as well as vice issues such as prostitution, gambling, and other related crimes, Hawai‘i Police Department encourages you to call our East Hawaiʻi and West Hawaiʻi Vice Sections 24-hour anonymous vice/drug tip hotline.

What number do I call?

(808) 329-“ZERO-ICE” (808) 329-0423 — Information pertaining to districts of Kaʻū, Kona, South Kohala, and North Kohala.

(808) 934-“VICE” (808) 934-8423— Information pertaining to districts of Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo, and Hāmākua.

How does the hotline work?

When you call, you will be asked to provide information. You do not have to provide your name, address or telephone number. All information is kept confidential and within the Criminal Investigation Division.

What happens to the information I provide?

Information is cross-referenced, allowing detectives to determine if additional information related to the criminal activity about which you are calling has been reported in the past. Even “small” bits of information can at times provide detectives with the “missing link” that allows them to take action.

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