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Hawaiian cop pleads not guilty to drug charges

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A Honolulu police officer arrested in Las Vegas on misdemeanor drug charges was arraigned Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Officer Shayne Souza pleaded not guilty to one charge of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and obstructing a public officer. His trial was set for Nov. 18.

Souza allegedly ran from a Clark County Park Police officer on Aug. 15 after he was told to walk to the front of the police vehicle.

Two park police officers chased Souza through Desert Breeze Park, eventually using pepper spray to subdue him, according to an arrest report.

The 47-year-old Souza, a fellow officer, 37-year-old Kevin Fujioka, and another man were arrested. The third man, 38-year-old Scott Wilson, is a social worker, also from Honolulu.

Wilson also was arraigned today on one charge of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to stand trial Feb. 10, 2010.

Police said the men were in a van parked illegally in the park. They drove past the park officers, who said they could smell the odor of marijuana.

Fujioka, who police said was driving the van, has a tentative arraignment date of Nov. 16.

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