Four Pipe Bombs Found in Puna Drug Bust Today

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Vice Officers discovered four pipe bombs at an Ainaloa residence this morning (November 4), while executing a search warrant. Christopher Robinson, the 39-year-old resident, was arrested after officers discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation, crystal methamphetamine or “ice”, the pipe bombs, and other bomb making materials at his residence.

The pipe bombs were neutralized by a Marine Explosive Ordinance Team currently stationed at the Pohakuloa Training Area.

Officers seized a total of 253 marijuana plants, ranging in height from 6 inches to 4 feet, one and a half pounds of dried, processed marijuana, .2 grams of crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and “ice” pipes, digital scales, and ammunition.

Another male party, 44-year-old Randy Pascal, of Puna, was also arrested after he was located on the property.

The investigation was the result of information from the public regarding the possible construction of the pipe bombs and the marijuana cultivating operation.

Robinson and Pascal remain in custody as police continue their investigation.

Assisting Hawaiʻi Police Department personnel during the execution of the search warrant were members of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Hawaiʻi County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team.

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