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Police Find Potentially-Explosive Devices During Drug Raid

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Tense moments in a Kapiolani neighborhood Friday, after officers stumbled upon two potentially-explosive devices at an alleged drug house.

Sources say the suspect is related to a high-ranking member of the Honolulu Police Department.

Officers swarm Lauiki Street, startling residents in the quiet neighborhood.

"Usually, nobody is here," Judy DeVilbiss, suspect's neighbor, said. "But there were a lot of cars and trucks this morning lined on the other side of the street, which is a no-parking zone. So, of course, you know something's up."

Police say they came across two suspicious objects, as well as crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, during a raid at 49-year-old Myron Nishimura's home.

"It, ah, may have been a pipe bomb is what they're saying," Capt. Robert Green, Honolulu Police Department, said. "It had a fuse, it had duct tape, and it had all the earmarkings of a pipe bomb."

Officers evacuate the building upon making the discovery. Concerned neighbors watch, as the bomb squad carefully recovers the devices.

"The school has been notified, but we didn't do a lockdown," Green said referring to Ala Wai Elementary. "And we don't want them to panic."

Police say officers purchased crystal meth from Nishimura multiple times during an undercover investigation.

Sources say the suspected drug dealer's cousin is Major Carlton Nishimura, the commander of HPD's Criminal Investigation Division.

"I don't want it in my neighborhood," DeVilbiss said. "But I'm happy with my neighborhood anyway, and that guy's gone now so."

A case involving prohibited explosive devices might normally be investigated by the division Major Nishimura heads. But HPD says the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will handle this case.

"A couple of bombs, so yeah, that's, that's disconcerting," DeVilbiss said.

Myron Nishimura may face enhanced penalties for allegedly dealing ice within a thousand feet of a school.

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