Santos enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Three-time fugitive Chris Dichoso Santos pleaded “not guilty” yesterday in court to second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and paraphernalia possession — charges that stem from his March 29 arrest.

After eluding police for months on separate charges, including parole violation and a federal arrest warrant, U.S. Marshals and narcotics officers with the Kaua‘i Police Department nabbed Santos that day on Waiahi Street in Hanama‘ulu and arrested him for several offenses including parole violation and a federal arrest warrant.

According to court documents, Santos is accused of having 3.9 grams of methamphetamine — worth roughly $700 on the street, police said — in his possession when he was handcuffed on the ground.

In his pocket, according to a police report, officers found $1,300 in cash.

Officer Ginny Scribner, one of four passengers who spotted Santos, said in court that in the moments leading up to his arrest, Santos attempted to flee on foot.

Sgt. Michael Contrades was one of the narcotics officers to help make the arrest.

District Court Judge Trudy Senda set Santos’s bail at $6,000.

His trial is set for 8:30 a.m., Aug. 6.

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