Marijuana eradication campaign confirmed

KAILUA-KONA — State and county law enforcement officials confirmed Tuesday that helicopter searches for marijuana have taken place over the last week on Hawaii Island.

The mission included efforts on Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, Hawaii Police Maj. Robert Wagner said. It covered the Hamakua, Waimea, Ka’u and Kona districts.

He said a “few” HPD officers were involved in the mission, which was being led by the state Department of Public Safety’s Narcotics Enforcement Division.

Toni Schwartz, public information officer for the department, Tuesday afternoon confirmed the division’s involvement in “an eradication operation on the Big Island.”

Details on the number of plants confiscated or any arrests in connection with the mission will not provided “until final reports are completed,” she said.


  1. paul July 24, 2018 4:56 pm

    legalise…tax it….and stopwasting resourses looking for pot…

    1. Vesparado July 24, 2018 7:44 pm

      Yes! And use the taxes to improve the sorry state of schools here.

  2. LoHa July 24, 2018 7:50 pm

    I thought we voted to make this the lowest law enforcement priority. There are so many things the police could be doing instead. I am guessing that a bunch of people are making money from this activity. Federal grants, helicopter costs, reselling the contraband, etc. Chief Ferreira, please follow the law!!!

    1. CongressWorksForUs July 25, 2018 10:19 am

      Lowest law enforcement priority doesn’t mean it isn’t enforced at all… It’s not like they’re out there every week doing this.

  3. Nope July 25, 2018 11:01 pm

    Yeah just what the pothole covered road system here needed: money for helicopter flies and overtime pay!

  4. charity gjerset July 26, 2018 6:24 am

    What a waste in time do justice for everyone eradicate meth ,herion,and hard drugs there the ones shooting,killing cops and anyone with no care.Stop allowing methdealers to kill

  5. blunt TrUth July 26, 2018 5:22 pm

    What a joke

  6. taxedtodeath July 26, 2018 10:05 pm

    We ask for 1 or 2 national guard or DLNR to check the looting that has been documented in Pohoiki and they said the didn’t have the resources to protect our homes like they protect their own homes and all the rest of the tax payers, but they have the resources to fly multiple helicopters all day with ground crews from all over the state getting over time and hazard pay to harass farmers that are not hurting anyone? Go after the looters and leave “the people” alone. They forgot to tell you they also did this on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai or what the total cost was to the tax payers. This is banana republic politics, it’s a war on “the people”. SWATzi nation, SWATzi fake state.

    1. Grumpier July 27, 2018 1:46 pm

      Anyone’s home in a mandatory evacuation zone that was looted can sue the State and County and use this as evidence. They are not immune.

  7. Grumpier July 27, 2018 1:44 pm

    Sorry but names of arrest cannot legally be withheld awaiting final reports. They have to be listed by a certain time on the booking sheet.


  8. Sara Steiner-jackson July 30, 2018 6:55 pm

    Plus we have no money to stop the car-jackings, domestic violence, home invasions and the police are rampant and let chronic violent drug offenders have snitch immunity cause they turn in pot growers who have property the cops and prosecutors can forfeit, THANKS TO THE HAWAII LEGISLATURE AND THEIR JUNK FORFEITURE LAWS.

  9. Sara Steiner-jackson July 30, 2018 7:10 pm

    Plus, I happen to know the police and other officials are aware their are people with vehicle(s) inside the landlocked Pohoiki who are looting and squatting and have weapons and they do nothing, yet ticket residents and lookieloos at $500.

    Civil Defense lets in all sorts of people to save cats and chicken, but no one saves the turtles, and homeowners trying to get into their property get denied access as the lava was miles away and threatened with arrest if they dared try to see their property.

    People who have lived here and lost everything are not allowed to get a glimpse of the volcano, the entire island’s tourism has about died due to LAVA NAZI policies protecting PGV and Leilani Estates (where I have seen photos of silhouettes of tour vans in front of the glowing fissure, so someone’s palms are getting greased).

    Also, Pahoa businesses are dying and for the last 3 months tourists could have been parking and walking from Lava Tree or anywhere along the empty Highway between Nanawale and Pohoiki Road. It’s like the State and County just wait and wait and wait and sit on their okoles, collecting massive overtime paychecks and eventually all the people in the shelter will find a place to go and the lava will finally stop and you wont have to do anything to provide a viewing area.


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