Kalihi police take $230K worth of crystal meth off streets

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - There's far less crystal methamphetamine heading onto Oahu's streets, after Kalihi police raided a suspected dealer's home Thursday.

It's being described as one of the largest ice seizures ever by a patrol unit on Oahu.

When police stormed the home on Ahonui Street Thursday night, they hit the jackpot. They say they found more than 3 lbs. of crystal meth, with a street value of about $230,000.

"An average hit off of a, for crystal meth or the ice might be a half a gram, maybe a gram," Maj. Kurt Kendro, Honolulu Police Department, said. "You're talking about 3,000, maybe 4,000 hits."

Officers assigned to Kalihi's Crime Reduction Unit heard the concerns of people living on the street, and launched an investigation called Operation 8 Ball.

"One of the first purchases from the suspect was an eight ball of crystal methamphetamine," Kendro explained.

They say in just a month, they made several undercover drug buys.

"I never had an idea to prove that his business is illegal because, actually, that's out of my line," Wilmo Enanoria, home owner's friend, said.

Romulo Lomboy, 57, is now in custody on suspicion of meth trafficking and possessing drug paraphernalia.

"The long term of what this guy was doing in that community, and the thousands of hits of ice that he could put out there, really would have a tremendous impact," Kendro said.

Police say they also recovered high-end watches, other jewelry, and cash.

"This was a tremendous seizure by the District 5 Crime Reduction Unit," Kendro said.

They encourage people to continue reporting suspicious activities.

"Let us know what's going on in your community," Kendro said. "And let the people in your community know that you won't stand for it."

Lomboy has no prior arrests. He's expected to be charged Saturday.