Man pleads not guilty to drug charge

WAILUKU — A Las Vegas man has been charged with participating in a plan to distribute crystal methamphetamine that was brought to Maui in 2015.

Tom Guevarra, 39, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug.

According to an indictment returned Oct. 27, Guevarra transported more than 1 ounce of methamphetamine to Maui in January 2015 and on March 23, 2015. Guevarra paid co-defendant Dondon Medina with methamphetamine in exchange for transportation and for acting as Guevarra’s local connection to Maui, according to the indictment.

Guevarra is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.

Medina, 42, of Kihei is being held in lieu of $100,000 on the same charges after he was arrested last year in the case.