Fujikawa’s dad charged with drug offenses

Tadd Fujikawa at the European Masters on Thursday.
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HONOLULU (AP) — The father of 17-year-old pro golfer Tadd Fujikawa was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and awaits trial next month.

Derrick Fujikawa was named in an indictment returned July 31 by a Honolulu grand jury, according to a document released Thursday by the city prosecutor’s office. It said he distributed one-eighth of an ounce or more of meth Sept. 24 and Oct. 4. If convicted on the two first-degree charges he could face up to 40 years in prison.

The 44-year-old Fujikawa was free on $50,000 bail and goes to trial Oct. 20 in state Circuit Court, The Honolulu Advertiser reported.

Honolulu television station KGMB reported the indictment stemmed from an undercover sting operation. Victor Bakke, Derrick Fujikawa’s lawyer, told the station his client’s biggest concern is the “shadow that this might cast on his son and his son’s career.”

Tadd Fujikawa is playing in the European Masters in Switzerland. With mother Lori as his caddie, Fujikawa shot a 2-over 73 Thursday and was 10 strokes behind 19-year-old leader Rory McIlroy. Tadd Fujikawa turned pro at 16 on July 12, 2007.