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Booby trap injures officer chasing suspect in Big Island pot field

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:56 p.m. HST, Aug 21, 2013

Hawaii island police are investigating a case involving a federal task force officer who was hurt this morning after stepping on a booby trap in a marijuana patch while chasing a suspect in Puna. 

At about 10:30 a.m., while conducting warrant sweeps in the Ainaloa subdivision, the federal officer was attempting to catch the suspect near Azure Drive. The officer ran into the brush area in a marijuana patch and stepped on a booby trap made of nails, causing puncture injuries, police said. 

The presence of a booby trap in a marijuana patch increases the offense to first-degree commercial promotion of marijuana, a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, according to police. 

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Lt. Mark Farias at 961-2253 or at mfarias@co.hawaii.hi.us. 

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residenttaxpayer wrote:
Sounds like a plot out of Hawaii Five-O.....
on August 21,2013 | 04:53PM
Skyler wrote:
If not now, it will be... you watch.
on August 21,2013 | 05:55PM
kailua000 wrote:
I'm sure the guy he was chasing was a good boy, loved by all and the federal agent deserved it because he was profiling the suspect. you watch, the suspect will get probation.
on August 21,2013 | 05:10PM
Grimbold wrote:
It is pityful that officers can not shoot a criminal who runs away.
on August 21,2013 | 05:27PM
It is a pity officers cant shoot a person that makes a stupid comment like yours.
on August 21,2013 | 07:20PM
Wehms2 wrote:
I'm sure you meant shoot a SUSPECT who was running away(?) Fir example.....say it was YOU that was just out hiking...stumble across a pot field.....a cop yells at you that you're under arrest and let's you know that you're about to face a coupple of DECADES in PRISON......you decide that since you're innocent but very likely WILL BE FOUND GUILTY.....maybe it's better to take off running......sooooo........the proper thing for the officer to do is....SHOOT YOU(?) he only wings you but in the process of his chase, he steps on an old 2' x 4' that had a couple of nails in it from some old construction in the area.......hey, let's call that a "booby-trap" and "UP the offense!!!" All this for a benign little weed that became illegal over racist Policies and remains illegal here in this "Land of the Free?"
on August 23,2013 | 11:49AM
Rickyboy wrote:
Like Deedy the agent is highly trained for everything.
on August 21,2013 | 05:19PM
doubleD wrote:
serves him right.
on August 21,2013 | 05:23PM
raygreiner wrote:
Your federal tax dollars hard at work chasing down those growing that evil weed. BTW whatever happened to legal medical marijuana in Hawaii. That bill passed years ago but so far "law enforcement" has kept the law from being implemented.
on August 21,2013 | 05:27PM
kainalu wrote:
If pot were legal, this doesn't happen. That it's illegal, doesn't stop this.
on August 21,2013 | 05:37PM
SteveToo wrote:
What ever happened to "Stop or I'll Shoot"? It use to work.
on August 21,2013 | 05:37PM
312guy wrote:
you get charged with murder 2 if you shoot
on August 21,2013 | 05:40PM
holokanaka wrote:
go home feds, leave us alone. get a real job.
on August 21,2013 | 08:29PM
Slow wrote:
Why are federal agents running around our islands? When did we become the only enemy we really have to fear?
on August 21,2013 | 09:19PM
Wehms2 wrote:
Trust me.......I'm from the Government and I'm here to help!!! If THAT doesn't strike fear into your heart.......now we have the NSA....at least one Gov.Agency that will listen. . . . :o) Peace
on August 23,2013 | 11:54AM
palarjones wrote:
All my federal tax dollars wasted on a medicinal plant. And if you are against legalization you support the mexican cartels and all crimes and criminals associated with the money it generates by keeping it illegal. WAKE UP!
on August 21,2013 | 10:33PM
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