In today’s Hawaii Tribune article entitled “Puna Residents Sue to Get Pot Back” Police Capt. Robert Wagner is quoted as saying that the police here on the Big Island don’t do compliance checks.
The bold statement is a lie!
…Both Snow and Ruggles said no arrests or police reports were made and no receipts were given for the plants. A check by the Tribune-Herald of the police’s June 14, 2012 incident bulletin contained no mention of either alleged incident.
Ruggles’ suit also asks for a court order “directing the Hawaii County Police Department to cease the activity known as ‘compliance checks.’”
“We don’t do compliance checks; I’ve never heard of a compliance check,” said Capt. Robert Wagner, commander of Hilo Criminal Investigation Division, which includes the vice section. He said the state Narcotics Enforcement Division is in charge of medical marijuana compliance and enforcement.
“We don’t even have a record of who has medical marijuana cards and who does not,” he said. He said if police serve warrants on suspected marijuana growers or dealers, they check first with NED to see if any medical marijuana licenses are assigned to the property.
Wagner confirmed there were marijuana eradication sweeps conducted by NED in Puna on June 14, 2012, and plants were confiscated in Fern Acres…
Here is a video of an August 14, 2013 raid on Mr. Ruggles Fern Acres Property doing a compliance check:
As you can see in the video… it appears that in the back of the truck they have a few plants of their own from another raid that happened (2:08 mark in the video above)