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Kalaupapa Resident Arrested On Drug Charges

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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One of the Hansen’s disease patients still living in the settlement at Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Molokai is facing federal drug charges after allegedly trying to ship crystal methamphetamine to the remote Kalaupapa peninsula. DEA agents stopped the man at the Honolulu airport last November and found 4.6 grams of methamphetamine in a box he was planning to take back to Kalaupapa. He was not arrested at the time, but was placed under surveillance. On February 26th, he tried to ship another box containing 18 grams of methamphetamine to the Kalaupapa settlement, but the package was intercepted by agents.  The man has been released on a $25,000 bond while awaiting trial on charges of possession with the intent to distribute. There was widespread media coverage of this criminal case throughout Hawaii. Kalaupapa National Historical Park was spotlighted on national television last October due to the canonization ceremonies for Father Damien de Veuster, the Belgian born Catholic priest who contracted Hansen’s disease and died at Kalaupapa in 1889 while ministering to patients there. The suspect was prominently featured in news coverage of the group of Kalaupapa residents who traveled to Rome in October for the canonization of Father Damien. The investigation is on-going.


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