Officer sentenced to 8 months in pot case

HONOLULU (AP) - A former Honolulu police officer who pleaded guilty to helping his girlfriend sell and grow marijuana has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Michael Steven Chu asked his family to forgive him in court on Friday and said he hopes to become someone they can be proud off. Chu also said he will never commit such a crime again and is dedicating his life to helping others.

The judge gave Chu until Feb. 13 to turn himself in. Chu's girlfriend, Athena Sui Lee, will be sentenced next month.

Federal authorities say Chu and Lee were carrying bundles of cash and materials for growing plants indoors when they were arrested in April as officers carried out a search warrant.

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