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2 indicted in Hawaii island marijuana grow operation

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:36 p.m. HST, Apr 29, 2013

HILO » A grand jury has indicted two people on Hawaii island on charges that they ran a marijuana grow operation in an underground bunker in Puna.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald says the grand jury in Hilo returned indictments against 60-year-old Charles Howard Lanham III and 67-year-old Linda Lee Stallings.

Police say the two operated an underground bunker on a property in Glenwood that was approximately 40 feet by 80 feet. Authorities say they recovered more than 500 marijuana plants and about 10 pounds of dried marijuana and a small amount of hashish from the bunker and surrounding property.

Police also seized $4,000 in cash, two vehicles, a backhoe, trailer, three diesel generators and other tools.

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inverse wrote:
Is this what the economist predict the "growing" economy and population of the outer islands? I bet this is just the tip of the iceberg of underground pakalolo farmers. Quick internet check and each plant might yield 1 pound of high grade weed with a street value of around $5K per pound. That would mean 500 plants could yield the growers possibly 2.5 MILLION tax free dollars! I think the reputation of Puna butter would command a high sell value. I hope they convict these growers to the fullest extent of the law and confiscate and sell all of their property and assets to set the example to others that the crime of being a pakalolo grower does NOT pay in Hawaii.
on April 29,2013 | 09:58AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
And if in the Future, if they decriminalize Marijuana, oops, sorry. On the iside of the SA is the story of your Govt. giving tens of millions of your money to Kazai in Afgan. in cash and is the greatest corrupter there. Tale your Govt. to Court.
on April 29,2013 | 10:48AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Please use a spell checker.
on April 29,2013 | 02:57PM
ClearHeaded wrote:
Leave them alone.
on April 29,2013 | 10:12AM
kainalu wrote:
Headlines? Growing pot? What year is this? smh.
on April 29,2013 | 11:07AM
sluggah wrote:
How did they find it? Electric bills? UC guys?
on April 29,2013 | 11:55AM
808comp wrote:
Let's see what the out come will be. Lost of property,fine,and jail time. Steep price to pay.
on April 29,2013 | 12:06PM
Bdpapa wrote:
These people should have moved to Washington to teach them how to grow this stuff.
on April 29,2013 | 12:08PM
loquaciousone wrote:
500 plants and 10 lbs of pot sounds like user quantity to me.
on April 29,2013 | 12:55PM
Venus1 wrote:
Organic!!! ???
on April 29,2013 | 01:14PM
juscasting wrote:
Cheech and Chongs as doomsday preppers!
on April 29,2013 | 01:19PM
Wazdat wrote:
oh boy, such bad people. WHAT A JOKE, weed should be LEGAL and its a TOTAL waste of time and MONEY.
on April 29,2013 | 01:52PM
jonw wrote:
60 and 67 year olds deprived of their livelihood and robbed at gunpoint. who are the real criminals here?
on April 29,2013 | 02:29PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Gimme a break! They knew the risks.
on April 29,2013 | 03:15PM
iwanaknow wrote:
If they took their time and talent to WA or CO would they be millionaires by now?
on April 29,2013 | 02:49PM
Bully wrote:
Somebody ratted them out in exchange for a lighter sentence.
on April 29,2013 | 02:52PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Neil cannot govern effectively anymore as he lost his weed connection.
on April 29,2013 | 02:59PM
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