A man who was found operating a marijuana grow house with his brother after a package containing 1.5 pounds of marijuana was intercepted by authorities in the mail will have to spend another 14 months in prison.
While Sun Koo Chu was hoping that his time in prison would suffice and that he would receive no further jail time at sentencing, Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola stated that imprisonment is necessary because a lesser sentence would “depreciate the seriousness of the crime.”
Chu was facing a maximum of five years in prison for charges of importation of a schedule one controlled substance, possession of a scheduled one controlled substance, conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver and money laundering.
But Chu struck a deal with the government, pleading guilty to the lesser included charge of criminal facilitation of the importation of a scheduled one controlled substance as a third degree felony.
Noting that Chu is remorseful, Sukola sentenced Chu to three years in prison with all but 18 months suspended with credit for time served.
To date, Chu has spent about four months in prison. Following incarceration, he will be placed on parole for three years. He will also have to pay a $5,000 fine and complete 150 hours of community service.