HONOLULU (KHNL) - Law enforcement authorities are celebrating nearly a dozen years of the Weed and Seed program on Oahu.
The US Department of Justice initiative aims to reduce drug activity and gang violence in targeted neighborhoods. Local officials say the partnership between police and concerned citizens has resulted in numerous drug suspects being sent to federal prison.
"When we first started, we concentrated in just the Kalihi-Chinatown area," Maile Kanemaru, Weed and Seed executive director, said. "We had drug dealing on Pua Lane 24-7. Children living in Mayor Wright (Housing) used to weave through drug dealers to get to school."
Program officials say they currently receive $400,000 a year in state funding.
There are four Weed and Seed communities on Oahu.