Woman caught twice with meth is given four years’ probation

The Maui News

WAILUKU — After being arrested twice when police found methamphetamine in searches of her home, a Kihei woman was placed on four years’ probation Friday.

Sherri Hunt, 54, was spared any additional jail time after her attorney, Chris Dunn, said Hunt’s health had deteriorated since she was arrested.

As part of her focus on her health, Hunt has been drug-free, Dunn said.

“It’s a life-or-death situation,” he said. “All of her efforts are going into her treatment and trying to stay alive.”

In two cases, Hunt had pleaded no contest to second-degree promoting of a dangerous drug and four counts of third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug.

She was first arrested Aug. 3, 2017, when police executed warrants to search Hunt, her residence and her vehicle and found at least one-eighth ounce of methamphetamine.

“You did admit to selling methamphetamine. You admitted to smoking methamphetamine,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo told Hunt.

A man at the residence reported that Hunt had sold drugs to him, according to police.

“That first search warrant should have been an eye-opener,” Loo said.

But about six months later, on Jan. 28 of last year, police executed another search warrant at the house and reported finding methamphetamine, a smoking pipe and marijuana in Hunt’s bedroom. “You admitted this time to being just a user and not a seller,” Loo said.

She said Hunt had admitted to or tested positive for methamphetamine use in March and April after she had been released on a bail bond. “So you seem to be continuing on this path,” Loo told Hunt.

She tested negative for drug use in July and August, Loo said.

“I had a hard time quitting,” Hunt said. “I used for quite a while. I finally got off of it and I’m good now.”

Hunt was given credit for three days she previously spent in jail.

“At your age, you should not be selling drugs and using drugs,” Loo told Hunt.