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Girlfriend of ex-HPD officer gets 27-month sentence in pot case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 4:30 p.m. HST, Oct 18, 2013

The girlfriend of a former Honolulu police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in federal detention for her role in growing marijuana with him. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Muehleck said Athena Sui Lee received a 27-month sentence today. 

She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cultivate and possess with intent to distribute about 49 pounds of marijuana.

Former officer Michael Steven Chu received an eight-month sentence. He blamed Lee for getting him into the mess that cost him his job. He said he was simply helping her.

According to her plea agreement, Lee and Chu maintained an indoor marijuana-growing operation in a Honolulu apartment and at a Mililani house.

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