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Sentencing in Honolulu pot-growing operation

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HONOLULU (AP) - The girlfriend of a former Honolulu police officer is being sentenced for her role in growing marijuana with him.

Athena Sui Lee is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court. She pleaded guilty to possession and cultivation charges.

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.

Lee faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to her plea agreement, Lee and Chu maintained an indoor marijuana growing operation in a Honolulu apartment and at a Mililani house. While agents were executing a search warrant at the apartment, Lee and Chu showed up carrying fertilizer and plant nutrients.

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