Bail reduced in crystal meth distribution case

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A judge reduced bail to $100,000 for a Kihei man charged with participating in a plan to distribute crystal methamphetamine that was brought to Maui in 2015.

Dondon Medina, 42, has pleaded not guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree promoting a dangerous drug and first-degree promoting a dangerous drug.

During his bail hearing Monday, Medina asked to be released from jail on supervision.

That was recommended in a probation department bail study done for Medina, said Deputy Public Defender Ben Lowenthal.

The prosecution opposed the request, with Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas asking that Medina’s bail remain at $250,000 based on the seriousness of the offense.

According to an indictment returned Oct. 27 by a Maui County grand jury, Medina traveled to Maui with another man while transporting methamphetamine in January 2015.

Medina also is alleged to have provided transportation for the other man, a co-defendant who allegedly brought methamphetamine to Maui on March 23, 2015, through the Las Vegas airport. The other man gave Medina methamphetamine as payment for providing transportation and acting as his “local connection to Maui,” according to the indictment.

Temas said that 1 pound of methamphetamine and cash were recovered in the case.

“It’s an ugly set of facts,” Temas said. “Considering the dangerousness of this drug and the allegation of distribution of this quantity, we oppose supervised release.”

Lowenthal said Medina was working full time and has family ties in the community.

Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo decreased Medina’s bail to $100,000.

He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

Medina was being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center.