Honolulu police arrest 20 people in drug sting

Ron Lockwood
Ron Lockwood
Ron Esteban
Ron Esteban

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

MOILIILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has arrested 20 people in a sting targeting drug dealers in city parks.

HPD says Stadium Park in Moiliili is just one of the areas where the drug arrests happened. Community leaders say the bust is a major victory.

"We heard it went down, we were just ecstatic," said Ron Lockwood, McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Board Chair.

Lockwood says the bust happened Tuesday night.

Police say 15 of the men and women who were arrested and charged have drug warrants, ranging from $11,000 to $35,000.

Police say it's the culmination of a three-month investigation, from August to October. It focused on drug dealing at Stadium Park, McCully-Moiliili Library, the Ala Wai Community Park, and the Ala Wai Promenade.

For those who live and work in Moiliili and McCully, it's a problem that's all too familiar.

"There were a lot of drug deals going on, prostitution, children being approached," said Lockwood.

"I don't really see too much of the deals myself, just mostly the people on the drugs," said Ron Esteban, who works near Stadium Park.

Also arrested were five others who were in the area during the investigation.

Police say they have unrelated warrants, from traffic to contempt.

As for the drug investigation, police say it isn't over. The hunt is still on for five more people.

But for now, community members say this sting is a major breakthrough for residents who've been fighting to clean their streets for years.

"I receive between calls and emails probably 300 per week from neighbors," said Lockwood.

"They were scared to bring their kids to the library, they were scared to walk up and down the streets especially at night," said Greg Cuadra, McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Board Vice-Chair.

Of the 15 people arrested for drug warrants, HPD says eight of them are convicted felons.

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