Drug grant 06-09-09

Hawai’i Police Department
Office of the Chief
Harry S. Kubojiri
Phone: 961-2244
June 9, 2009

Media Release

The Hawai’i Police Department accepted $112,718 in federal grant money on Friday (June 5) to target drug trafficking organizations on the island of Hawai’i, especially those that traffic in “ice.”

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas grant for calendar years 2009 and 2010 is from the Office of National Drug Control Policy out of the Executive Office of the President.

Its purpose is to share investigative information about drug trafficking organizations and to coordinate operational activities with other county, state and federal agencies across the state.

Mayor Billy Kenoi was pleased to accept the grant on behalf of the County. “I commend our Police Department for seeking these funds, and mahalo to the Office of National Drug Control Policy Center for making them available to our county,” said Kenoi. “These kinds of collaborative efforts to help control the spread of dangerous drugs are welcome in our community.”

Lieutenant Richard Sherlock of the Police Department’s Area I Vice Section said 90 percent of the targets are trafficking crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice.” The remaining targets traffic in heroin, cocaine and large-scale marijuana operations.

Chief Harry Kubojiri said the grant money is timely because of the ailing economy. “Despite the economic downturn, we can continue to target drug-distribution rings on our island,” he said. “We will be relentless in our commitment to making our communities safe.”

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