Oahu Teacher Accused Of Dealing Crystal Meth

Lee N. Anzai
Lee N. Anzai
Ed Kubo
Ed Kubo

Oct 11, 2006 07:03 PM

By: Minna Sugimoto

(KHNL) - They're people you're supposed to be able to trust with your children. Now, an Oahu school teacher is locked up, accused of being a crystal meth dealer.

Lee Anzai of Leilehua High School is on administrative leave since his arrest Tuesday night. Federal authorities say the teacher, and former Hawaii Pacific University baseball player, violated the public's trust and let the community down.

Leilehua High is the home of the Mules. A sad irony after the arrest of a teacher on suspicion of drug dealing.

"It's crazy. I don't know what to say," Jacqueline Daniels, parent of Leilehua student, said. "I'm sorry. I'm just like in total shock right now. I can't believe that."

Anzai, a special education teacher for the past six years, is in federal custody.

Authorities arrested the 29-year-old in the parking lot of the Long's Drugs Store on Pali Highway Tuesday night. He's accused of selling crystal methamphetamine to an undercover officer on five different occasions.

"Mr. Anzai would negotiate to do the drug deal during school hours and while either sitting in his classroom or on the school campus," Ed Kubo, U.S. Attorney, said.

Drug enforcement agents say recorded phone conversations suggest the teacher is a long-time user as well. The following is from court documents.

Anzai: You no smoke, uh?

Undercover Officer: ...no, I no smoke, it's all about the business...

Anzai: See, that's the smartest person...'cause that's what, ah, I cannot do, I gotta smoke.

"This is an extreme case," Greg Knudsen, state Department of Education, said. "So it shouldn't trigger a demand for drug testing of all D.O.E. employees. I think that's an over-reaction."

After arresting Anzai, investigators searched his car. They say they found a torch lighter, a gram scale, several plastic bags containing residue that appeared to be meth, and about $3,000 in cash.

His classroom at Leilehua was also searched. That turned up nothing.

"Many of these cases do leapfrog to other cases," Kubo said. "As of this point in time, I have no knowledge pertaining to the sale to any students."

If convicted of the charges, Anzai could spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Monday. Prosecutors say considering the seriousness of the charges, they'll ask the judge to order him held without bail.