Man pleads guilty to traf­fick­ing meth, weapons charges

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - PEGGY REV­ELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

Guilty pleas were en­tered Thurs­day by a man ar­rested in a May drug traf­fick­ing bust, where po­lice say $33,000 in metham­phetamine was seized.

Paul Ras­mussen en­tered the pleas to the 20 charges against him, which in­clude five drug traf­fick­ing charges and mul­ti­ple firearm charges.

The agreed state­ment of facts was sub­mit­ted to the court, but not read in. A ten­ta­tive date of Oct. 31 was set for sentencing.

Bail had been de­nied to Ras­mussen at an ear­lier hear­ing, Crown agreed to re-open with the guilty pleas hav­ing been en­tered.

Ras­mussen will be re­leased on a $3,000 surety pro­vided by his mother. He will be re­sid­ing at her res­i­dence in Red Deer un­der a 24/7 cur­few, and can only leave the house while in her com­pany.

Ras­mussen, who was 45 at the time of the ar­rest, and a co-ac­cused were ar­rested on May 26 fol­low­ing a short­term in­ves­ti­ga­tion by ALERT’s Medicine Hat or­ga­nized crime team, and with the Medicine Hat po­lice and RCMP.

Po­lice seized 325 grams of meth, along with one gram of heroin, 3.5 grams co­caine, 100 oxy­codone pills, a replica hand­gun, a loaded pro­hib­ited mag­a­zine and am­mu­ni­tion.

The co-ac­cused, 43-year-old Siofean Coderre, en­tered guilty pleas on July 25 to one count of traf­fick­ing, one count of pos­sess­ing the pro­ceeds of crimes, and one count of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing. At the time, a pre-sentencing re­port was re­quested and Coderre was also re­leased on bail con­di­tions. She is set to be sen­tenced on Oct. 4.

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