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Exclusive: Police Storm Suspected Meth House in Halawa Heights

Stanley Lau Stanley Lau

By Minna Sugimoto

HALAWA HEIGHTS (KHNL) -- Drugs, cars, cash. Honolulu police seized all that during a drug raid on Kealaluina Drive Wednesday.

A police dog moves in to help search a suspected drug house. The early-morning raid rocks the quiet Halawa Heights neighborhood.

"I was surprised because this is not that kind of community," Stanley Lau, suspect's neighbor, said.

When the action begins at 6 am, Lau doesn't know what to make of it.

"I didn't hear any fire trucks," he said. "So I didn't think it could be a fire."

But the 88-year-old soon realizes there are undercover officers in the area.

"I saw a gun strapped to his side, but he has plain clothes," Lau said. "So then I think it must be a drug bust."

Police say they recover crystal methamphetamine, Ecstasy and cash during the bust. They also seize two cars.

Investigators say they launched their two-month, undercover probe in response to community complaints.

"I can't understand why people get into that habit," Lau said.

A 30-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of 16 drug offenses.

"Whenever I see on the news about the drug busts, or read in the papers, gee, I'm glad they control," Lau said about the police effort. "They showing some progress in controlling it."

Officers also took a 21-year-old woman into custody on a warrant.

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