A Corrections Officer at the Halawa prison appeared in federal court Monday afternoon facing several charges of dealing meth at the prison. James "Kimo" Sanders III has been indicted for methamphetamine trafficking and bribery. He plead not guilty in District Court this afternoon.
FBI agents arrested Sanders in the parking lot of the Halawa prison Sunday morning. He was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on January 8 for two counts of distributing methamphetamine, one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of bribery.
Sanders is charged with distributing at least five grams of meth on November 15, 2013 and at least 50 grams of meth a week later on November 22, 2013. According to the indictment, he's also accused of "soliciting, accepting, and agreeing to accept something of value with the intent of being influenced and rewarded".
Department of Public Safety Director Ted Sakai released this statement regarding the federal arrest:
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