Ex-po­lice of­fi­cer faces prison over drugs

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - ——— Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff

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.

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