Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Police shut down
Nanakuli beach
crystal meth lab

Police were told a man was
making drugs in his tent

By Nelson Daranciang

Honolulu police shut down what they believe was an "ice" lab in a tent on the beach in Nanakuli yesterday morning.

Police went to Ulehawa Beach Park across from Waianae District Court at 87-1784 Farrington Hwy. on a tip just before 2 a.m.

The tip came from a man who told police he believed his brother was making drugs on the beach in a tent.

Police seized items used in the production of crystal methamphetamine: a single-burner stove, glassware -- some with a crystallized residue -- iodine and drain cleaner.

"They're all typical items used to make crystal meth," said Lt. Mike Fujioka of HPD's Clandestine Drug Laboratory Response Team.

The team sent the items to its crime laboratory to identify the residue found in some of the glass jars.

Fujioka said team members also recovered substances not used typically in the manufacture of the drug, like antifreeze.

The Honolulu Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team set up a safe zone around the tent as police recovered the chemicals and items in the tent.

Police also shut down one town-bound lane of Farrington Highway until 6:55 a.m.

Police made no arrests but said they have a suspect in mind.

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