Added drug charges shows de­gree of city’s meth is­sue

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN NEWS - PEGGY REV­ELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

Two Hat­ters are fac­ing even more drug traf­fick­ing charges after a re­cent ar­rest over metham­phetamine.

Brent An­thony Heath and Angie Rose Blade had brief ap­pear­ances at the Medicine Hat Court­house Thurs­day, for new and old charges.

The most re­cent ar­rest oc­curred Feb. 9 fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions by po­lice us­ing un­der­cover of­fi­cers to make sev­eral drug pur­chases. A to­tal of 29.13 grams of meth was seized by po­lice, with an es­ti­mated street value of $2,915. Also seized was one hy­dro­mor­phine pill with the value of $20.

“It’s ab­so­lutely taken over the city,” said Insp. Brent Se­con­diak with the Medicine Hat Po­lice Ser­vice on meth, and its preva­lence in drug ar­rests in the city. Nearly 1,500 grams were seized in the city last year by the drug unit — an in­crease of 381 per cent since 2015.

Heath now faces five new counts of traf­fick­ing, and eight breaches of his re­lease con­di­tions. Blade faces two counts of traf­fick­ing a con­trolled sub­stance and two breaches of her re­lease con­di­tion.

These charges are on top of nu­mer­ous oth­ers the pair face.

Heath was ar­rested in Au­gust and charged with drug traf­fick­ing and pos­ses­sion.

More charges fol­lowed after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Septem­ber by po­lice into drug ac­tiv­ity oc­cur­ring at a res­i­dence on Fifth Street SE.

From this, Heath was charged with mul­ti­ple counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, pos­sess­ing oxy­codone, pro­ceeds of crime, pos­ses­sion of a weapon dan­ger­ous to the pub­lic peace, and breaches for vi­o­lat­ing bail con­di­tions.

Blade was also ar­rested dur­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and charged with mul­ti­ple counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, pos­ses­sion of oxy­codone, pro­ceeds of crime, and pos­ses­sion of a weapon dan­ger­ous to the pub­lic peace.

Both Heath and Blade had mat­ters ad­journed to March 2. Heath is in cus­tody, while Blade is on re­lease. The Crown stated it would seek re­vo­ca­tion of bail for all pre­vi­ous charges.

Jail­house as­sault

A man serv­ing time for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der made a brief court ap­pear­ance for charges fol­low­ing a jail­house as­sault.

Franz Emir Cabrera ap­peared by CCTV from the Medicine Hat Re­mand Cen­tre, with mat­ters ad­journed to March 23 so his coun­sel can re­view dis­clo­sure over the as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm charge, fol­low­ing an as­sault of an­other in­mate. Cabrera was charged along­side Isa­iah Cole Wawia.

Cabrera is serv­ing life in prison with no chance of pa­role for 15 years after be­ing sen­tenced Jan. 16 for his part in the swarm­ing death of a Calgary teen in 2013.

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