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April 11, 2012 Leave a comment
HONOLULU HI April 11 2012 – A Honolulu police officer is under arrest on federal drug possession, distribution, and conspiracy charges.
Officer Michael Chu, 41, was arrested as the result of a Honolulu Police and DEA investigation. Chu has been charged with conspiring to possess and distribute Marijuana.
On April 5, according to court documents, a FedEx security manager seized a package at Honolulu airport sent from California to an apartment on Kapiolani Boulevard. An inspection of the package turned up 8 starter marijuana plants.
A day later DEA agents executed a Federal search warrant of the Kapiolani apartment. A manager told agents that a woman by the name of Athena Lee lived in the apartment and may be living with Chu. While searching the apartment, DEA agents say they recovered more than 20 marijuana plants and large amounts of US currency.
During the search Lee and Chu returned to the apartment. Court documents say that Lee was in possession of $12,000 and Chu was holding a plastic bag that contained marijuana growing materials.
A search of Officer Chu’s subsidized vehicle turned up an additional pound of marijuana and several money orders from California. In court documents Chu waived his constitutional rights and answered questions from authorities saying that he, ‘ just works for Athena Lee and helps her carry things for the grow operation.’
Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha released the following statement this afternoon.
“This is a very serious allegation, and we are cooperating with the DEA in its investigation. The HPD has also initiated its own internal administrative investigation into the alleged activity. In the meantime, the officer’s police powers have been removed, and he will be placed on leave without pay. Any officer or civilian employee who violates the public trust by engaging in this type of activity should not be a part of the Honolulu Police Department.”