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Police seize drugs, cash in investigations

The Maui News

Police seized drugs and cash in two recent investigations into drug sales in Kahului, Deputy Chief Dean Rickard said Wednesday.

In one case, the Crime Reduction Unit received information that a woman and her boyfriend were distributing large amounts of narcotics from their Harbor Lights Condominium apartment Oct. 12, Rickard said by videoconference at a Maui Police Commission meeting.

He said the woman was being sought on a warrant and was found with a large amount of heroin. After she agreed to a search, officers recovered more drugs, including crystal methamphetamine and heroin, Rickard said.

He said the woman’s boyfriend, who was also in the apartment, agreed to a search that resulted in the seizure of marijuana, a prescription drug and 100 grams of heroin.

“Heroin seems to be making a major comeback,” Rickard said.

He said police also seized $49,000 in cash.

The investigation probably will be adopted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Rickard said.

Police records show a 37-year-old woman and 63-year old man were arrested and later released pending further investigation.

In another case, a patrol officer investigating numerous reports of drug activity on West Papa Avenue had a confidential informant purchase drugs, Rickard said. He said two search warrants were executed Oct. 14, resulting in the recovery of 10.83 grams of heroin, 11 grams of methamphetamine, prescription pills and marijuana, as well as $23,000 in cash.

A 52-year-old man was arrested and later released pending further investigation into drug charges, police records show.

“It just goes to show the initiative taken by our regular patrol officers, who are taking an active role in addressing concerns on their beat,” Rickard said.

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