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Officer Hurt in Booby-Trapped Pot Patch

August 21, 2013, 5:14 PM HST
* Updated August 21, 5:25 PM
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Police say a Federal Task Force officer suffered puncture wounds when he stepped on a booby trap made of nails on Wednesday.

The unidentified officer was chasing a wanted suspect on foot in Fern Forest when he stepped on the trap, police said.

Police were conducting warrant sweeps in the Ainaloa subdivision at about 10:30 a.m. when the officer ran into a marijuana patch near Azure Drive where he stepped on the homemade device.

A booby-trap device in a marijuana patch increases the offense to first-degree commercial promotion of marijuana, a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, police said in an Aug. 21 media release.

The extent of medical attention required by the injured office was not released.

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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lieutenant Mark Farias of the Area I Vice Section at 961-2253 or [email protected]

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Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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