Posted at 11:58 a.m., Friday, October 17, 2003
Crystal meth crackdown nabs suspects
By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer
Federal agents, state sheriff’s deputies and Honolulu police today were conducting a roundup of suspects on O'ahu.
Ed Kubo, U.S. attorney in Hawai'i, scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to discuss the details of Hawai'i’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s "Operation Shave Ice." HIDTA is a partnership of federal, state and county law-enforcement agencies.
Sources who requested anonymity because the joint operation was still in progress said authorities had 20 to 25 search-and- arrest warrants for suspects on O'ahu. According to the U.S. attorney’s office here, the Big Island and O'ahu operations are connected.
Crime Reduction Unit officers from all of HPD’s eight patrol districts and some Specialized Services Division officers were assisting.
At the recent state anti-drug summit, Kubo issued a rallying cry for the war on crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice.
"This is the time when our neighbors, our families, our communities are up, and there’s an outcry," Kubo told the assembly at the Hawai'i Drug Control Strategy Summit in Waikiki. "And if we don’t seize on the momentum now, we’re going to lose our generations in the future."
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