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Kids Caught in Middle of Drug Bust

Suspect Heidi Lopes is escorted to an HPD squad car following her arrest. Suspect Heidi Lopes is escorted to an HPD squad car following her arrest.
Children are escorted from a home where police executed a drug bust Tuesday. Children are escorted from a home where police executed a drug bust Tuesday.

KANEOHE (KHNL) -- Honolulu police raided a suspected drug house in Kaneohe Tuesday and found six young children inside. The raid capped an undercover investigation that police launched after receiving complaints from the community.

KHNL News 8's Minna Sugimoto was the only crime reporter at the scene when officers removed the kids from the home.

A heart-breaking sight during a police drug raid as six kids are forced to lean on each other. The children, ranging in age from a few months to 11 years, are placed into state custody.

"They've lived in conditions which are pretty horrible from what I understand, not well taken care of," Maj. Susan Dowsett, H.P.D.'s Kaneohe District commander, said.

The so-called deplorable conditions are shocking, considering the amount of money officers found at the Keaahala Road home. Police say they recovered $15,000 in cash, as well as crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, electronic equipment and other property.

"It's pretty significant," Dowsett said.

The bust was triggered by tips from concerned neighbors.

"If you have something going on in your community, it's really up to you and your neighbors to make sure that the police department can work with you to address your concerns," Dowsett said.

In addition to the drugs and cash, police also recovered a Dodge van as part of the investigation.

Officers arrested Bryan Higa, 28, and Heidi Lopes, also 28, for investigation of drug offenses and child endangerment.

"The children were turned over to Child Protective Services," Dowsett said. "And they will look at placing them in an appropriate environment, which certainly this is not."

The suspects were being held at the Kaneohe Police Station.

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