Man gets probation in marijuana plea deal

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man who was arrested for selling marijuana to undercover police officers at a Paia beach has been placed on one year’s probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

“You’re in possession of marijuana, which you should not have been,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said in sentencing Miles Sulivan on Feb. 1. “Secondly, you sold the marijuana for whatever reason. Wrong, wrong, wrong.”

Sulivan, 30, of Haiku had pleaded no contest to second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, with other charges dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Sulivan gave between 0.9 and 1.1 grams of marijuana to two undercover officers when they approached him in August 2014 at Baldwin Beach Park, said Sulivan’s attorney Joseph Rosenbaum.

“It was an impulsive decision,” he said. “He shouldn’t have made it.”

Sulivan had “felt some level of compassion” for the officers, believing “they were patients looking for some medicine,” he said.

“He’s trying to clean up his life and move forward,” Rosenbaum said.

As part of his probation, Sulivan was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

His request for a chance to keep the conviction off his record was denied.