Underground marijuana bunker dismantled on Big Island - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Underground marijuana bunker dismantled on Big Island

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:37:01 GMT
    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially...More >>
    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt...More >>
  • Student hit by car in Montgomery continues to recover

    Student hit by car in Montgomery continues to recover

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:50:58 GMT
    A Montgomery student hit by a car after school is showing signs of improvement after weeks in the hospital. The community has rallied around his family as he continues to heal. The accident outside CapitolMore >>
    A Montgomery student hit by a car after school is showing signs of improvement after weeks in the hospital. The community has rallied around his family as he continues to heal. The accident outside Capitol Heights Middle School in Montgomery shed more light on safety concerns for students in the area. More >>
  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:03:22 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...More >>
    American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an...More >>
PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Island police have dismantled a sophisticated underground bunker marijuana-growing operation in Puna.

Ending a two-year-long investigation that began in Kona, Vice Section officers served a search warrant Thursday on a home on Kokokahi Road in Glenwood. On the property was an underground bunker approximately 40 feet by 80 feet, police say.

The setup of this growing operation, which used two large diesel generators to power the bunker's fans and lights, posed a significant risk of fire and potentially a large explosion. With the assistance of the State Narcotics Enforcement Division and the Hawaii Fire Department's Hazmat Team, the large growing operation was safely dismantled.

Police recovered more than 500 marijuana plants (3-4 feet tall), approximately 10 pounds of dried marijuana and a small amount of hashish from the bunker and surrounding property.

Officers also seized and set for forfeiture $4,000 in cash, two vehicles, a backhoe, a trailer, three diesel generators and other tools. Total items for forfeiture totaled more than $100,000.

Police arrested 60-year-old Charles Howard Lanham III and 67-year-old Linda L. Stallings at the scene. The two were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while Vice Section detectives continued the investigation.

Friday afternoon, detectives charged each of them with two counts of first-degree commercial promotion of a detrimental drug, one count of second-degree commercial promotion of a detrimental drug, and five counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set $42,000 for Lanham and $35,000 for Stallings. Both were released from police custody Saturday after posting bail.

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Big Island Pot Slideshow (SIDEBAR)

Updated:

SLIDESHOW: Marijuana bunker dismantled on Big Island

Powered by WorldNow