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Former police officer faces drug charges after raids on his house

A former Honolulu police officer faces possible state and federal drug charges after police and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted separate raids at his Pearl City house through the past two months.

Federal agents arrested Christoper R. Carlson, 44, at his Hoola Place residence Saturday. He is accused of possessing property stolen from a DEA agent’s official government vehicle.

The agent said in documents he submitted in court that as he was preparing to leave his Hawaii Kai residence June 13, he noticed that his vehicle had been burglarized. Items stolen included a ballistic vest with DEA insignia, a police emergency visor light, a global positioning device, binoculars and a DEA dashboard placard.

On Saturday the agent said he spoke to an informant who told him of being contacted by someone looking for anyone wanting a “bulletproof vest with DEA patches, a police light and some other stuff.” The informant said the people who stole the items gave them to a female who left them at Carlson’s home.

The DEA obtained a search warrant and raided Carlson’s home. Officers seized a bag containing suspected meth­am­pheta­mine and suspected cocaine, a bottle of miscellaneous pills, two black bulletproof vests, three DEA/police insignia patches, a DEA placard, a police visor light, nine U.S savings bonds and a backpack containing flares and a first-aid kit.

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