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Man who tested positive for drug use resentenced to prison

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man who tested positive for drug use days after being placed on probation was resentenced Wednesday to a five-year prison term.

Alia Huddleston, 29, of Makawao admitted to twice testing positive for methamphetamine and cocaine.

On Sept. 23, he was placed on four years’ probation for second-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling.

“I think the mistake this court made was placing Mr. Huddleston on probation back in September,” 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen said in imposing the prison sentence. “Within seven days, he was already violating his probation.”

Deputy Prosecutor Shelly Miyashiro recommended the prison term for Huddleston. She said he was paroled from prison on March 20, 2019. A few months later, on June 12, 2019, he was arrested for illegally entering a residence on Mission Street in Wailuku, according to court records.

“He clearly does have a serious drug problem,” said Deputy Public Defender Selina Swatek.

She said Huddleston’s probation officer was willing to work with him to obtain drug treatment.

Judge Bissen said he had given Huddleston that opportunity when he was placed on probation. “And that just did not work out,” Bissen said.

According to court records, Huddleston was sentenced to a 10-year prison term for second-degree robbery in November 2010.

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