HPD major accused of drug offenses to remain in federal lock-up

Maj. Carlton Nishimura
Maj. Carlton Nishimura

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A high-ranking Honolulu police officer accused of drug offenses will remain in federal lock-up for now. Acting on the defense's request, US Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi continued a bail hearing for Maj. Carlton Nishimura to November 29th.

Escorted by US Marshals, the 31-year HPD veteran appeared in Puglisi's courtroom Friday clad in a white prison jumpsuit with his legs shackled and his hands cuffed in front of him. He glanced twice at the gallery, and then took his seat at the defense table.

Nishimura had been free while awaiting trial on charges of extortion, witness tampering, and making false statements to federal investigators in connection with an illegal gambling operation in Honolulu.

But nine months after the indictment came down in that case, FBI agents armed with a search warrant scoured his Waianae home and say they recovered methamphetamine, as well as items consistent with drug distribution such as digital scales and plastic baggies.

During another hearing before Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren, Nishimura's attorney, Peter Wolff, requested a later trial date since he will be moving for an independent chemical analysis on the substance seized at the house.

Also, the parties discussed whether government witness Doni Imose provided false testimony to the grand jury that heard the extortion case earlier this year. Kurren says he'll review the grand jury transcripts.

Assistant US Attorney Susan Cushman also revealed that among the items seized from the defendant's home was a recording device that may have captured statements from Imose about testifying falsely. The defense is asking the government to preserve and protect that piece of evidence.

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