MAUI MARIJUANA SEIZURE LARGEST IN COUNTY HISTORY

August 18, 2009, 1:06 PM HST · Updated August 18, 1:30 PM
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Maui police seized more than $841,000 worth of processed marijuana-the largest seizure of its kind in the county’s history.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department.

Police recovered 130 pounds of processed marijuana during the search of freight sent from California to Maui on August 12th.  Officers also found 1.5 pounds of processed marijuana along with drug paraphernalia during the search of a private storage facility in Kahului on Thursday, August 13, 2009.

As a result of the investigation, a 37 year old female who resides in Kula, was arrested on drug promotion charges.  The woman is a citizen of South Africa and was in the US illegally.  She has since been transported to Oahu for federal proceedings.

Authorities arrested the woman for the offenses of Commercial Promotion of Marijuana I, Promoting a Detrimental Drug I and 2 counts of Prohibited Acts Related to Drug Paraphernalia. The Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Office of Investigations took custody of the woman and held her on immigration charges.

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The identity of the arrested female is being withheld at this time, as State charges against her are pending grand jury indictments.

The street value of the marijuana at $400.00 an ounce is approximately $841,600.00.

Police received information that there allegedly were several suspicious pieces of freight being sent from California to Maui through a private freight company.  On August 12, 2009, officers obtained a search warrant to search several boxes that had arrived on Maui through the freight company.

Members of the Maui Police Department’s Vice Division in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration & Customs Enforcement- Office of Investigations and the Hawaii Airport Task Force conducted the joint investigation.  The operation was called a “well organized marijuana trafficking organization.”

Maui police say this is the largest processed marijuana seizure and investigation in Maui County’s history.

(Posted by Wendy Osher, Information provided by: The Maui Police Department)

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department.

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