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Big Island drug raids net two arrests and hundreds of marijuana plants

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Hawaii County vice officers arrested and charged two people this week on drug charges and recovered hundreds of marijuana plants in separate raids in Puna and Honokaa.

On Monday, officers recovered at a Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision home in Puna 188 marijuana plants, of which 119 were on neighboring properties. The plants were from 1 to 5 feet high. Police also recovered seven unregistered firearms, 252 prescription pills of methadone, diazepam, hydrocodone and other pharmaceutical drugs.

Officers arrested Shonna Soares, 35, at the Puna house. She was charged with commercial promotion of marijuana, promotion of a dangerous drug, promotion of a harmful drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and various firearms offenses. Her bail was set at $49,000.

At the Honokaa home on Tuesday, police recovered 595 marijuana plants between 6 inches and 4 feet tall at an indoor/outdoor marijuana growing operation. Officers also recovered about 10 pounds of dry processed marijuana, 25.5 grams of hashish, two unregistered firearms, a digital scale and indoor growing equipment. Police arrested Thomas Sullivan, 61, and charged him with commercial promotion of marijuana, promotion of a harmful drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and firearm offenses. His bail was set at $39,000.

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