Woman pleads not guilty to 15 drug felonies

LIHUE — Cheri Chieko Kala Numazawa, 35, appeared with deputy public defender Samuel Jajich in two courtrooms before Fifth Circuit Court Judges Randal Valenciano and Kathleen Watanabe on four separate cases. Her total bail is set at $141,000.

Her trials were set for Sept. 12 in both courts.

Numazawa is charged with three counts of methamphetamine trafficking, a class A felony, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree, four counts of third-degree promoting a dangerous degree, and six counts of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with driving without a license.

The charges stem from 2013 and 2016 arrests and three of the cases came out of May 11 indictments. The fourth case came by way of felony information.

Numazawa has a history of drug related charges.

She has repeatedly fled from police on outstanding warrants and has “led police on a chase until the police elected to stop pursuing,” court records showed. When police found Numazawa, the pregnant woman was hiding behind a rock.

Numazawa was acquitted in September of felony drug charges after a jury said the state could not prove a pipe found in the car she was driving was hers.

She was also involved in a 2015 drug case with co-defendant Larry Ikimaka, where he was found guilty by a jury of promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Numazawa was acquitted of all charges.

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