Drug charges stayed against Florence woman
SYDNEY — Drugs charges against a Florence woman were stayed Thursday prior to the start of a scheduled trial. Keri Lindsay Merritt, 33, of James Street was charged with three counts of trafficking and three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. The drugs involved include hydromorphone and Xanax. The offences allegedly occurred Aug. 13, 2013, in Sydney. Merritt had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges and was scheduled to stand trial Thursday. However, the Crown served notice it was staying the charges. Under a stay, the Crown has one year in which to refile the charges. If not refiled, the charges are dismissed.