Police Crack Down on Crystal Meth Sales in Kalihi

KALIHI (KHNL) - The war on ice heats up. Nearly a dozen suspected crystal methamphetamine dealers are off the streets following an undercover police operation in Kalihi.

Fetu Kolio lives at Mayor Wright Housing in Kalihi. He says the drug dealing on Akepo Lane near his home is blatant.

"I mean, they're here nightly or daily, you know, very obvious," he said. "And it seems like they have no care."

In response to community complaints, police launched Operation Crushed Ice. The idea -- to weed out crystal meth dealers on the busy street.

"High volume of traffic," Maj. Kurt Kendro, Honolulu Police Department, said. "It's a one-way street that goes from King Street down to Dillingham. So drive-up, drive-in service."

Officers posing as drug buyers say they purchased a quarter of a pound of ice, about $16,000 worth, during the four-month investigation.

"Our kids in this neighborhood need options, I mean, good options," Kolio said. "Right now, you know, they only see the corner boys. They grow up to taking that school, and that's where it sickens my stomach."

Police arrested nine men on suspicion of federal drug offenses. They face enhanced charges because the alleged meth sales happened within a thousand feet of a school.

Officers also arrested two women, who face drug charges in state court.

"We've done it before there. We had to go back and do it again," Kendro said. "And if we need to, we'll go back again in the future."

The male suspects are being held without bail. For the women, bail is set at $50,000 each.