Big Isle police make $1 million drug bust
Big Island police charged a father and son along with a third man in what police described as "an elaborate marijuana growing operation" worth more than $1 million in Hawi, North Kohala.
Douglas Farrar, 42, was charged with commercial promotion of marijuana, methamphetamine trafficking, plus other drug and firearm charges. His bail was set at $500,000.
Farrar's son, Douglas Farrar Jr., 22, was charged with similar offenses. His bail was also set at $500,000.
Darryl Daniels, 45, was charged with commercial promotion of marijuana, promoting dangerous drugs and two counts of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $8,000.
On June 14, police, armed with a search warrant, raided a home in Hawi, according to a news release on the Hawaii County police Web site.
Officers seized 1,635 growing marijuana plants, 14 pounds of dried processed marijuana, an ounce of hashish, "sophisticated growing equipment," 18 ounces of crystal methamphetamine or "ice," and a handgun that was reported stolen in Honolulu, according to the release.
Police said the potential street value of the marijuana was more than $1 million while the ice was valued at more than $78,000.
Police also seized $98,600 in cash, three cars, two motorcycles, two all-terrain vehicles, farm equipment and real estate property, the release said.
Big Island police were assisted by the law enforcement arm of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
All three suspects were released after posting bail.
Police ask anyone with information about the case to call officer Jeremy Lewis of the West Hawaii Ice Task Force at 326-4646, ext. 307 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.