HPD major placed on 'unpaid leave' after meth arrest

Major Carlton Nishimura
Major Carlton Nishimura

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNOw) - The Honolulu Police Department on Wednesday placed Major Carlton Nishimura on unpaid leave after he was arrested and charged with possessing methamphetamine.

The 31 year HPD veteran was already on administrative leave with pay after he was indicted earlier this year for extortion.

FBI agents arrested Nishimura at his Waianae home Monday night after finding about 8 ounces of crystal meth in an ammunition tin with his name on it.

The FBI claims it also found numerous plastic baggies and three digital scales.

In a criminal complaint filed against Nishimura on Tuesday, the FBI alleges he possessed with the intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Nishimura, 55, is being held at the federal detention center and is set to be in court on Friday.

Nishimura pled not guilty to the extortion charge and is awaiting trial. His police powers have been restricted.

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