Curnan pleads not guilty

LIHU’E — A Lihu’e resident who was arrested in October pleaded not guilty to two felony drug offenses.

Daniel Kani Curnan appeared before Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe last week to be arraigned for allegedly promoting a dangerous drug, and for having drug paraphernalia.

Watanabe set Curnan’s jury trial for April 24.

Curnan, 22, was indicted last month by Kaua’i grand jury members. According to the two-page indictment, the alleged offenses took place Oct. 20.

The drug-promotion charge is a Class-B felony, and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of as much as $25,000.

The drug-paraphernalia charge is a Class-C felony, and carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of as much as $10,000.

Kaua’i Police Department officials in October said that Curnan was arrested at a popular Lihu’e nightspot on suspicion of selling cocaine, and for having drug paraphernalia.

Curnan was released after posting $6,000 bail.

Curnan was one of two who were arrested when officers with KPD’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the U.S. Navy’s Criminal Investigative Service teamed up to investigate drug trafficking on the island.

KPD officers stated that the investigation was done in response to information provided by concerned citizens, as well as a preventative measure by Navy personnel while the USS O’Kane was docked at Nawiliwili Harbor.

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