Makawao man gets probation for pill sales

WAILUKU – A former Makawao man arrested in a police crackdown on illegal narcotics sales at Kalama Park was sentenced Thursday after he was caught selling four narcotic pills two years ago.

Lance Wainwright, 49, was placed on five years’ probation and ordered to do 100 hours of community service in a plea agreement.

“I’m sorry, very sorry,” he told 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza.

Wainwright was charged with promoting a controlled substance in a park and was one of six people arrested by the Crime Reduction Unit when he sold four oxycodone pills to an undercover officer on Sept. 13, 2011.

Wainwright has moved to the Big Island to care for his ailing mother and will serve his time on probation there, said his attorney, Chris Dunn.

According to court records, Wainwright was incarcerated for terroristic threatening, prohibited possession of a firearm and prohibited possession of firearm ammunition in 2001.

Except for the current offense, Dunn said Wainwright has avoided the law for the last 10 years and asked Cardoza to adopt the recommendation in the plea agreement.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tracy Jones said it was unclear how Wainwright got the prescription pills, considering his doctor had already cut him off.

She asked the court to follow the plea agreement so he “may not commit these crimes again.”

Cardoza followed the plea agreement and ordered Wainwright to stay away from Kalama Park and report to Big Island probation officials.

Wainwright is the fifth person sentenced in the undercover operation dubbed “Operation Kill Pill.”

Frank Stone, 83, is awaiting trial on drug-related charges alleging he sold 15 Soma and 25 Xanax pills to an undercover officer.

“The community should thank the Police Department for cleaning up the park,” Jones said after the hearing. “The quality of life is really noticeable because these people are no longer selling drugs and pills.”