|The Honolulu Advertiser reports that last Friday night Honolulu narcotics and vice police, armed with bench warrants and other suspicions, raided 686 Bannister St., a reputed Kalihi (cock-fighting) house. About 60 police officers swooped in, arresting 25 people for gambling on the fighting birds, and on drug abuse charges. Police Major Darryl Perry said the police confiscated nearly $2,500 in cash, 74 metal cockfighting gaffs, crystal methamphetamine, pipes for smoking drugs, and gambling devices. |
An unidentified but “high ranking” police official stated that the house will become the first home to be forfeited to the state, due to the charges. However, the owner of the house, Elliot Johnson, 68, stated that he is a Native Hawaiian, or a member of the Hawaiian Sovereign Nation. Therefore the state laws didn't apply to him, Major Perry said, and Johnson was not arrested.