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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Pageant winner in ice arrest

By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer

A former Miss Hawai'i USA and her husband were arrested early yesterday as police raided a Kailua home and found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Tiffini Hercules, in a Miss USA pageant photo in 1998 ...

... and a police mug shot after being arrested yesterday.

Tiffini Hercules, 30, and John Limahai Jr., 33, were being held last night at the main police station pending charges.

Hercules was booked on second-degree promotion of dangerous drugs, third-degree promotion of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree promotion of detrimental drugs, police said.

Police said the arrests followed an extensive investigation into drug activity at a home on Paulele Street in Enchanted Lake. Early yesterday, police were prepared to execute a search warrant on the home when they stopped the couple a few miles away on Kailuana Place, police said.

Hercules and Limahai, who police said frequented the home but did not live there, were arrested on a contempt charge at 5:35 a.m. At 6:20 a.m., officers raided the home and recovered crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, police said.

While Hercules and Limahai were in custody, police said they found more crystal meth, drug paraphernalia and cash in bags that allegedly belonged to the couple.

Police last night said they also were looking for another man who lived at the home.

Pat Sua lives across the street from the home and said she was awakened by her grandchildren early yesterday as police surrounded her neighbor's home. As she looked out of her bedroom window, she said she knew right away why the officers were there.

"I figured drugs because it's been happening for years," Sua said. "Cars driving by, stopping, going all times of the day and night."

Sua said she would see Hercules and Limahai visiting the house, but said the home is owned by two brothers. "I usually don't bother with them," she said.

Sua said she was grateful that police took action.

"It's scary, especially when your street has children," she said.

Hercules was crowned Miss Hawai'i USA in 1998 and represented the state in the Miss USA pageant in Shreveport, La.

Reach Curtis Lum at 525-8025 or culum@honoluluadvertiser.com.