Police seize $57,000
in cash, weapons,
more in drug raid
They find crystal meth andBy Anthony Sommer
pot and arrest four at
a Waianae house
Honolulu Police seized more than $57,000 in cash along with jewelry, narcotics, weapons and three vehicles in a drug raid on a Waianae house last night.
Police said a man and woman who lived in the house and two men believed to be customers were arrested. They were later released pending investigation.
An 8-year-old girl, who police said is the couple's daughter, was turned over to her grandmother.
Found in the home were 16 grams of crystal methamphetamine and about a pound of marijuana.
The quantity of drugs, money and weapons seized "was a very large size for a neighborhood house," said Police Maj. Susan Dowsett. "Not many people keep all that cash and new vehicles and loaded weapons in their house."
Dowsett estimated drug sales had been made from the home for about a year. She said the 7 p.m. raid resulted from complaints from neighbors about traffic and late-night noise.
The people operating the drug business used orange traffic cones as a signal, she said. If the cones were across the driveway, the business apparently was closed. If they were pushed to the side, it was open, usually late at night, Dowsett added.
Along with the cash, a large quantity of gold jewelry was seized. Police believe it may have been traded for drugs. Officers found five pistols, four rifles and one shotgun, some of them loaded.
None of the guns were registered, nor were they listed as stolen. The barrel of a .30-caliber carbine had been cut down below the legal 16 inches.
They also seized a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 1998 Camaro Z28 and a 1998 Ford F150 pickup.
The house is a short distance from the police substation.
"They probably just walked home after they were released," Dowsett said.