Numazawa pleads not guilty to drug charges

LIHU’E — A 24-year-old West-side resident pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A jury trial has been set for March 13 for Cheri Numazawa, who appeared before Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe last week to enter her plea to five drug-related charges.

Numazawa was arrested in Lihu’e on Jan. 6, according to the Kaua’i Police Department arrest log.

She was released after posting $4,050 bail.

Lawyers in the county Office of the Prosecuting Attorney filed the charges against Numazawa last month.

According to the three-page complaint, Numazawa faces two counts of possession of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of possession of marijuana, the result of a Dec. 10, 2004 arrest.

Each methamphetamine charge is a Class-C felony, and carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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

The marijuana charge is a petty misdemeanor, and carries a maximum of 30 days behind bars and a $1,000 fine.

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