U.S. Attorney for Hawaii Kenji Price speaks Friday in Lihue at a news conference about a methamphetamine ring officials say was run by a Kauai county councilman. (Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP)
This October 2019 booking photo provided by the Kauai Police Department shows Kauai County Councilman Arthur Brun, who was arrested Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 on drug and other charges. In October 2019, Kauai police pulled Brun over in a traffic stop after he was seen receiving meth from a gang leader, prosecutors said. U.S. prosecutors say Brun ran a meth ring while serving as an elected Kauai councilman and should be held without bail. (Kauai Police Department via AP)
Local and federal law enforcement officials hold a news conference about a methamphetamine ring they say was run by an elected Kauai councilman, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 in Lihue, Hawaii. U.S. prosecutors are asking a judge to deny bail for the councilman they accuse of running a drug-trafficking organization, supplying guns, conspiring with a gang leader, requesting sexual favors in exchange for drug payments and assaulting a law enforcement officer. (Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP)
HONOLULU A Kauai councilman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges accusing him of leading a drug-trafficking organization, supplying guns, conspiring with a gang leader, requesting sexual favors as payment for drugs and assaulting a law enforcement officer in a case that highlights the hold methamphetamine has on some people in the state.