Kaua‘i Drug Sweep Nets 12 Arrests, Councilmember Brun Arrested

February 27, 2020, 11:28 AM HST · Updated February 27, 11:28 AM
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Arthur Brun. PC: Kauai.gov

Kaua‘i Councilmember Arthur Brun is among a dozen defendants arrested and charged following an islandwide drug bust.

“The suspects under indictment today were identified as part of a major drug trafficking organization that has been supplying a significant amount of methamphetamine throughout the community,” said Chief of Police Todd G. Raybuck in a statement.

“They now face felony charges under a federal indictment for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and other crimes,” said Chief Raybuck.

The Kaua‘i Police Department initiated a narcotics investigation and worked in conjunction with federal agencies to carry out the arrests. According to KPD, the investigation expanded to identify a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for selling large quantities of methamphetamine on Kaua‘i.

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Due to the size and scope of the investigation, KPD partnered with a number of federal law enforcement partners – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Homeland Security Investigations; the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawai‘i; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force; and the US Postal Inspection Service Team.

Kaua‘i police, along with their federal partners, have been working together on this long-term investigation to establish and identify the island’s major players in promoting and distributing narcotics.

A press conference regarding today’s event will be held at 8 a.m. Friday at KPD headquarters in Līhu‘e.

Those participating in the press event will include: US Attorney Kenji M. Price, Kaua‘i Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jonathan Blais (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives) and Acting Special Agent in Charge Lucia Cabral-Dearmas (Homeland Security Investigations).

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