2 arrested in meth bust

HANAMAULU — Two men were arrested and a large amount of crystal methamphetamine was seized Tuesday following a drug investigation by the Kauai Police Department.

The search of a Hanamaulu home led to the recovery of roughly $2,000 in cash, a stolen handgun, miscellaneous illicit drugs, and over seven pounds of methamphetamine, which has a street value of about $1.6 million.

“This is the largest amount of crystal methamphetamine that the department has seized in a single incident with the take down of this drug trafficking organization,” said Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry.

The home’s occupants, Andrew Martinez, 24, of Hanamaulu, and Steven Orozco, 28, of Stockton, California, were arrested for three counts of first-degree meth trafficking, three counts of drug paraphernalia, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, first-degree theft, and alteration of identification marks prohibited, as the serial numbers on the stolen handgun had been tampered with.

Martinez and Orozco are being held in Police Cellblock without bail.

“The credit and accolades go to our officers, as it is a testament to their dedication to remove drugs from our streets and capture drug dealers in our community. I am incredibly proud of their efforts,” Perry said.

Based on an ongoing investigation, officers applied for and were granted a search warrant on the home in Hanamauulu on Tuesday morning.

An investigation continues.

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