Busy Day in Drug War as Three Suspected Drug Houses Raided

Ilikea Kahanaoi
Ilikea Kahanaoi

WAIMANALO, KALIHI (KHNL) -- The war against drugs heats up, as Honolulu police raid three suspected drug houses on Oahu.

9:30 Thursday morning. Police swarm a house on Hawaiian home lands in Waimanalo.

"We didn't know, really know exactly what was happening," Ilikea Kahanaoi, neighbor, said. "But we saw the SWAT team."

Officers with the Kaneohe Crime Reduction Unit say they recover crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during the raid.

"Nobody really had to say anything 'cause it's so obvious. It's so obvious," Kahanaoi said. "The way they live, the traffic, the kind of people that come here into our neighborhood."

A 38-year-old woman, a 49-year-old man and a 39-year-old man are taken into custody.

Across town, officers with the Kalihi Crime Reduction Unit storm two separate units in the Banyan Street Manor apartment building. They arrest a 37-year-old woman, a 20-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man.

"What you see here is the culmination of a drug investigation where we sent individuals to buy crystal meth from two locations, two apartments upstairs, one of the third floor and one on the fourth floor," Sgt. John Kauwenaole, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Investigators say they find ice, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the Kalihi bust.

"I think everyone's stand in the community is, you know, we're tired already," Kahanaoi said. "And it's just, it needs to stop."

Police say both operations are in response to community complaints.

"People look at Waimanalo as like this hood and ghetto, but it's really not," Amber Azevedo, neighbor, said. "I mean, it's really a beautiful place to live. That's why they call it God's country."

"Thank God that the police are taking action and trying to help us out," Kahanaoi said.

An officer with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands says residents of the Waimanalo house may lose their property as a result of the arrests.