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Seven People Arrested on Suspicion of Dealing Drugs Near School

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By Minna Sugimoto

KALIHI (KHNL) -- Five adults and two children are accused of dealing drugs next to an elementary school in Kalihi.

Ruben Arelliano waits for his great-grandson at the back of Kalihi-Uka Elementary. He says the dealing of crystal methamphetamine in the neighborhood is blatant.

"It's a bad example for, to have drug people around, especially around these young kids around here," he said.

But the drug activity may slow down. On Tuesday, police arrested 27-year-old Danmar Galapia, 18-year-old Joshua Gonda, 23-year-old Nalu Kamaka, 25-year-old Larry Ordinado Junior and 31-year-old Jaime Uganiza.

"Seen at least three guys being shackled, taken away in blue and whites," Geno Silva, witness, said.

Uganiza faces prosecution in state court because, investigators say, he sold imitation drugs. The rest of the men face federal prosecution because the alleged meth sales took place within 1,000 feet of a school.

"It's very terrible for the children," Silva said.

Officers also arrested two 17-year-old girls on suspicion of dealing ice.

"We remain vigilant in our efforts to fight the war on crime and drugs especially in that area, especially so close to the school," Maj. Kurt Kendro, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Police say they made more than a dozen purchases from the suspects during a seven-month undercover investigation.

"At least you know that, we know that, you know, the police are doing something about it," Arelliano said.

So that drugs aren't part of the lesson plan.

The two girls are awaiting action by Family Court because they're juveniles. Kendro says this is the first time since he's been the commander of the Kalihi district that children have been arrested on suspicion of dealing ice.

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