Ex-police officer faces prison over drugs
Former Honolulu police officer Alan Ahn pleaded no contest in state court Tuesday to drug promotion charges involving cocaine, marijuana and three types of prescription drugs.
Ahn, 55, pleaded to nine charges ranging from a Class B felony to petty misdemeanor. He is facing up to 10 years in prison for the most serious charges at sentencing in May.
He is, however, asking the court to defer his no-contest pleas to give him the opportunity to avoid conviction and have the charges dismissed, if he stays out of trouble for a specified amount of time. “Alan is working on a lot of positive things in his life right now,” said his lawyer, Andrew Park. “So he’s happy to put this behind him and focus on the future.”
Honolulu police narcotics/vice officers arrested Ahn and his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Masunaga, at the home they shared in McCully in August 2015. Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha told a state judge later that month that undercover police officers bought drugs at the residence and followed it up the next day with a search warrant.
The prescription drugs police said they seized were alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug whose trade name is Xanax, and painkillers hydrocodone and fentanyl.
Ahn left the department following his arrest, just short of 10 years of service.
Masunaga is facing the same charges as Ahn, plus an additional one for distributing or possessing with intent to distribute cocaine within 750 feet of a school, public park or public-housing complex. Her case is pending.