A Honolulu police officer was arrested in connection with his role in a marijuana growing operation in Honolulu and Mililani Mauka, according to federal court documents.
Honolulu Police Officer Michael Steven Chu has been on the force for 13 years. He was scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday.
Chu has been charged with conspiring to possess and distribute nearly 50 marijuana plants and one pound of processed marijuana.
Court documents show Chu and a woman, Athena Lee, were arrested after Drug Enforcement Administration agents found 20 marijuana plants, large amounts of cash, and paperwork last Friday at the Moana Pacific Towers on Kapiolani Boulevard.
Agents also found a pound of marijuana and money orders in Chu's subsidized police car.
Chu and the woman happened to show up at the apartment during the search. Court documents show Chu was carrying a "plastic bag that contained nutrients and materials that are used in the indoor grow."
The next day, agents found a marijuana growing operation at Chu's home in Mililani Mauka.
Chu's neighbors say they never suspected the police officer would be charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana.
"My jaw just dropped," said Mililani Mauka resident Ellen Autele. "You never knew or would think that."
"It was disheartening to hear that kind of thing happen to him," said neighbor Wayne Autele. "It does put a black eye on all policemen. When you get one bad egg like this, it just taints everybody."