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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Woman pleads not guilty to drug charges, trial date set

Advertiser Staff

A 20-year-old Laupahoehoe woman accused of possessing more than a pound of crystal methamphetamine pleaded not guilty Tuesday and has been ordered to stand trial Oct. 19.

Rene Lynn Halstead entered her plea before Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura.

Halstead was arrested June 3 after police executed a search warrant on her 1995 Mazda at the Honoka'a 76 station and allegedly found nearly 120 grams of ice.

A search of her Laupahoehoe apartment allegedly turned up more than 292 grams of methamphetamine, plus 100 pills of hydrocodone a semi-opioid painkiller commonly marketed as Vicodin and more than an ounce of marijuana.

Halstead is facing 11 charges, including two counts each of first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, and fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug, four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and single-counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree promotion of a harmful drug and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.

She remains in custody in Hawai'i Community Correctional Center in lieu of $47,000 bail.