Man pleads not guilty to traf­fick­ing-re­lated charges

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST - PEGGY REV­ELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

A not-guilty plea was en­tered Thurs­day by a man ar­rested in early Jan­uary on drug traf­fick­ing-re­lated charges.

Act­ing for Jeremy Leddy, coun­sel en­tered the plea to one count of traf­fick­ing and one count of pos­ses­sion of pro­ceeds of crime. The trial is set for Oc­to­ber.

The 29-year-old from Calgary was one of five peo­ple ar­rested fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Al­berta Law En­force­ment Re­sponse Teams that spanned from De­cem­ber into Jan­uary.

From this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ALERT seized 45 grams of meth, worth an es­ti­mated $4,500, pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als such as a dig­i­tal scale, pep­per spray, brass knuck­les, a Colt Python .357 hand­gun and $820 cash pro­ceeds of crime.

Also ar­rested dur­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion was Wy­att Dick­son, who also had a court ap­pear­ance Thurs­day, with his coun­sel ad­journ­ing to March 2.

Dick­son was charged with five counts of traf­fick­ing, two counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, pos­sess­ing pro­ceeds of crime, pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited weapon, pos­sess­ing a re­stricted firearm, and care­less stor­age of a firearm. An­other co-ac­cused, Etheen Joseph Friesen, 33, en­tered guilty pleas to the charges on Jan. 26. and was sen­tenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.

Ken­zie An­der­son, 28, en­tered guilty pleas and was sen­tenced Jan. 19 to time served for breaches of re­lease.

The fifth ac­cused, Jade Ar­cand, 19, of Medicine Hat, still faces charges be­fore the court. Ar­cand was charged with two counts of pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited weapon, pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, pos­ses­sion of pro­ceeds of crime, care­less stor­age of a firearm, and know­ingly pos­sess­ing a re­stricted firearm.

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