Maui police respond to New Mexico officers’ lawsuit

MAUI, HAWAII (KRQE) – Maui police tell a different story about why a former New Mexico police chief and reserve officer were arrested.

In 2013, Former Cuba Police Chief Jason Griego and Officer James Sanchez say they were working private security in Hawaii when they were cuffed and taken to a holding cell.

They say they were released without being charged and have filed a federal lawsuit against the police department claiming they were arrested for no reason.

But on Friday night, Maui County told News 13 things played out differently. They say they responded to a burglary at a home and arrested the two on burglary and gun charges.

The county says the two didn’t comply with Hawaii law when they brought guns into the state.

No response yet from either man’s lawyers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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