Police discover clandestine Kihei drug lab

Police reported locating a clandestine drug lab at a Kihei residence Thursday afternoon.

After arresting a 52-year-old man living at the home, police were searching for the homeowner and her live-in boyfriend.

The methamphetamine conversion lab was found when the police Crime Reduction Unit and Special Response Team executed a search warrant at 1:20 p.m. at 144 Luakaha Circle, police said.

Police said the lab, which was not actively functioning, was removed from the home. Evidence recovered from the lab included three glass jars containing clear liquid that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, a Ziploc bag containing orangish coffee filters that also tested positive for methamphetamine, three ball flasks and one small beaker glass, police said.

Also recovered at the residence were six mopeds, including two confirmed to have been reported stolen, 15 methadone hydrochloride pills, two glass smoking pipes containing methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, 14 rounds of 30-30 ammunition and a blackjack weapon, police said.

The police Clandestine Lab Team responded to the home after officers reported finding a container holding tubing, beakers, glassware and several jars containing a clear substance in the 52-year-old man’s bedroom.

The man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, three counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, six counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and prohibited deadly weapons. He also was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear and contempt of court.

On Friday morning, two police officers remained at the home to secure material and equipment until employees of the company PENCO could arrive to dispose of the hazardous materials.

Police issued all-points bulletins for Deborah Davidson, the homeowner, and her boyfriend, Curtis Welch, who live at the residence.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call Maui police at 244-6400 or Maui Crime Stoppers at 242-6966.

Callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and are given code numbers. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people wanted for felony crimes.