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Maui police discover suspected drug lab in Kihei home

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:25 p.m. HST, Jan 11, 2013

Maui police  discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab while serving a search warrant at a Kihei home Thursday.

Crime Reduction Unit officers seized six mopeds, believed to be stolen, ammunition and a black jack, along with drug paraphernalia, methadone hydrochloride pills, and lab beakers and equipment believed to have been used to make methamphetamine.

Police arrested a 52-year-old man who lived in the house on suspicion of methamphetamine trafficking, three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing a prohibited deadly weapon, two counts of vehicle theft, four counts of possession of possible stolen vehicles, and several outstanding bench warrants.

Maui police also looking for the owner of the home at 144 Luakaha Circle, and her live-in boyfriend for vehicle theft.

Police found the suspected meth lab in the suspect's bedroom, shortly after serving the search warrant at 1:20 p.m. Thursday. Officers discovered tubing, beakers, flasks, coffee filters stained orange and several jars containing a clear substance. The items tested positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Police called a hazardous materials lab team to secure and clean the area. A team from a Honolulu company that specializes in environmental hazard response was to arrive on Maui today to help in the clean-up.

Officers and hazardous materials crews were still at the home this morning.

Anyone with information on the three suspects are asked to contact the Maui Police Department at 808-244-6400 or Maui Crimestoppers at 808-242-6966.

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allie wrote:
We need to shut all these labs down. We are an island state and it should not be hard to use undercover law enforcement to find out where these labs are. Meth destroys families and communities!
on January 11,2013 | 11:31AM
Bully wrote:
He probably learned how to cook on the mainland and brought his talent to Hawaii.
on January 11,2013 | 12:40PM
Anonymous wrote:
My, my. Just what kinds of chemicals are they putting into Chemistry Sets these days? This is supposed to be fun for budding young scientists!
on January 11,2013 | 01:07PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Folks, nothing to see here...............just move along. In Kaneohe the fumes from a meth lab ruined the health of a next door neighbor........sad.
on January 11,2013 | 01:16PM
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