Whitmore, Hawaii: Drug dealing overcomes land intended forcommunity
- Subject: [cg] Whitmore, Hawaii: Drug dealing overcomes land intended forcommunity
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 07:59:40 EST
Hint: This might be a community for the ACGA Board to reach out to, and
advocate for. At the very least, the membership should be able to show these
seniors that we care.
Posted: March 10, 2005 6:00 PM
Drug dealing overcomes land intended for community
Leslie Wilcox. KHON-TV, Hawaii
Drug dealers have virtually taken over land that was made available for
neighborhood gardening in Wahiawa. The land is at the edge of housing in
Village, and residents are fearful of what they see at close range.
Everybody likes the idea of a room with a view, but not this kind. Day and
night, there's traffic -- customers in search of an illegal product they can't
wait to use. Residents can see the flare of fire under glass pipes.
"Sometimes the buyers don't get out of their car anymore," a witness told
KHON2 on condition on anonymity. "They just stop by. I see them exchanging the
drugs and the money."
Neighbors notice other bad business going on as well -- trading in stolen
A concerned citizen who lives elsewhere, Carroll Cox, took pictures. They
bring out what Whitmore residents shrink from saying publicly.
"Even though they can see it's bad, they're afraid," the witness said.
Crystal meth business is being conducted on Uwalu Circle, across the street
from federally subsidized apartments for the elderly and near older houses,
many occupied by retirees.
As a courtesy, the landowner -- Dole Hawaii -- offered strips of land here
for gardening. That was nice for a while. Then other people came and set up
makeshift offices, carrying bolo knives, not necessarily for plants, but for
keeping handy while serving ice addicts.
Dole tells us the hobbyists have its permission to go in and knock down
unauthorized structures. But the elderly gardeners say they can't go up
what's being cultivated here now -- the drug trade.
"They are scared because of retaliation, revenge," the witness said.
Dole says police have an open-letter to enter its property as needed. And
it'll step up its own security patrols.
But elderly residents still feel like sitting ducks, because if they have a
view of the lawbreakers, the lawbreakers know where they live.
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