KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police arrested three men Tuesday following an early-morning raid at a suspected methamphetamine house in Kalihi.
Tactical units with the Honolulu Police Department's Specialized Services division surrounded the two-story home on Hiu Street around 6 a.m.
Members of the Narcotics Vice division executed search warrants at the property.
Two men inside the home -- 46-year-old William Ramos and 21-year-old Christian Mendiola-Ramos -- were arrested for first-degree methamphetamine trafficking.
A third man, 36-year-old Jason Ramos, was booked for an outstanding warrant.
The home is close to Kuhio Park Terrace, along with several churches, parks and schools.Just a few weeks ago, there was a drive-by shooting in the area. No one was injured, but a car was damaged.
The raid may have shocked the neighbors, but the executive director of the Hawaii Meth Project said meth use in Hawaii is actually on the rise.
"Hawaii unfortunately still tops the charts for meth use in the workplace. Workers are still testing positive at a much higher rate than the national average," Georgianna DeCosta said.
Diagnostic Laboratory Services found more Hawaii workers tested positive for meth than cocaine.
"What we're seeing now is a great number of functional addicts who still maintain a job, still go to school," said DeCosta.
In addition, DeCosta said the number of Hawaii meth addicts older than 50, who entered drug rehab, has doubled. She also said there is also more meth available on the streets.
"Of course we're always saddened to hear that people are caught in the grips of some kind of drug bust...it really does bring to light what many of us in this work, in this field, have been seeing in the last year or two as we see meth increase across the state," she said.