Avoiding booby traps, KPD pulls 1,805 pot plants

LIHU‘E — Operation Green Harvest raids this month resulted in one arrest and the removal of $1.38 million worth of marijuana plants on Kaua‘i, county officials said.

“While the Green Harvest mission can be a controversial one, our ultimate goal is getting drugs off of our streets,” Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl Perry said in a county news release Tuesday. “We are in an ongoing battle against drugs and anytime we can obstruct the illegal cultivation of marijuana it is considered a success.”

The multi-agency mission, conducted July 11-13, led to the destruction of 1,805 pot plants, ranging from seedlings to plants four feet in height.

Six Kaua‘i Police Department officers took part in the Green Harvest operations in conjunction with federal agents and law enforcement from neighbor islands and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. 

During the pot eradication program, officers discovered and seized two booby traps at a grow site. An officer found one when he stepped on it, but the trap did not cause injury, Perry said at the county Police Commission meeting Friday.

The foothold traps are spring-loaded devices that close around the foot when stepped on, causing significant injury to the lower leg.

As a result of the operation, one search warrant was initiated whereby one arrest was made for commercial promotion of a detrimental drug, the release states. The name of the arrested individual and the cost of the overall operation to taxpayers was not provided in the release.


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