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Kauai police dismantle drug, gambling den in Nawiliwili

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:38 p.m. HST, Aug 3, 2011

Kauai police tore down an illegal structure in Nawiliwili known as “Pine Tree Inn” early this morning because of chronic criminal activity at the site.

Officers conducted more 40 investigations at the site during the past three years, Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry said in a news release.

“These investigations involved illegal drugs, illegal gambling, nuisance complaints, harassment, family abuse, delinquent minors and crimes of violence related to assaults and fights which resulted in the arrest of 11 people,” Perry said.

“Pine Tree Inn” was a makeshift wooden roof slung between trees at the beach, fronting JJ’s Broiler restaurant at the Anchor Cove Shopping Center, county spokeswoman Sarah Blane said.

Perry said neighboring businesses were fearful for their customers and employees because of the criminal activity at the unpermitted structure that took place all hours of the day and night.

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