Officers seize illegal plants from Kalalau Valley
KALALAU – The Kauai Police Department participated in a two-day multi-agency operation this week that led to the removal of 15 coca plants from Kalalau Valley.
“We are in an ongoing battle against drugs on our island,” said Police Chief Darryl Perry. “That’s why this week’s operation is considered a success, and I thank all partnering agencies for their work to help prevent a dangerous and illegal drug from circulating our streets.”
Wednesday’s mission resulted in the recovery of 15 mature coca plants ranging up to 6 feet in height. The coca plant is known as the active ingredient to produce cocaine.
Law enforcement agencies also seized one pound of hash, or marijuana concentrate, from the area.
The operation was a joint effort conducted by KPD with the assistance of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, state Narcotics Enforcement Division, Hawaii National Guard, and Maui Police Department.