3 men arrested in Waikiki drug bust

Monte Vista in Waikiki
Monte Vista in Waikiki

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A dramatic bust in Waikiki uncovered a major drug ring.

Federal authorities were tracking someone they say is a known drug courier, which led them to a Waikiki condo.

The request from federal agents seemed innocent enough request for John Moore, the resident manager at the Monte Vista in Waikiki.

“I gave them keys to go up and down the elevator and tried to stay out of their way until about 4:30, 4:45 they asked me to come up and identify the people they had and if they lived in the apartment. If they lived in the building,” Moore said.

The three men now face federal drug charges. They’re identified as Adolfo Guzman, Jr., Juan Arementa Kelly, and Antonio Perez, Jr.

Authorities say what they found inside unit 601 was six bricks of meth, weighing about 20 pounds.

They also found between $60,000 to $80,000, a money counter, and a bong.

Moore had a feeling all the commotion was over drugs.

“I recognized one of the two gentleman having been here before on a government drug bust,” Moore said.

Moore wasn’t stunned since there was a previous drug bust at the condo.

“It doesn’t really shock me. We’ve had some things, maybe not quite that big before,” Moore said. “Plus, when you get to be 60, not a lot of things shock you.”

As for the suspects, Moore says he has known for months.

“Polite, friendly, cheerful, seemed like regular people. So, I guess you can’t judge a book by its cover,” Moore said.

The three suspects remain in federal custody.

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