Inmate overdoses, pleads guilty to drug charges
An inmate who needed to have six doses of Narcan administered after overdosing had three months added to his sentence for possession of drugs.
William Hazelwanter appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, January 27 to plead guilty to possession of drugs.
The court heard how on October 23 of last year, Hazelwanter was discovered unresponsive in his cell. He was taken to the heath care unit, was given six doses of Narcan and was taken to the Drumheller Health Centre. He was unresponsive for 25 minutes.
In the investigation that followed three flaps (paper wraps) with an unknown substance were discovered. They were seized and tested positive for Fentanyl. No weight was taken.
Federal Prosecutor Lajvir Benipal argued for a six to eight month consecutive sentence outlining the risks and dangers of drugs entering the corrections system.
Defense for Hazelwanter André Wilkins outlined miti- gating factors for his client including an early guilty plea, that he has no prior related record and he has since undergone methadone treatment. Since the incident, Hazelwanter has been placed in segregation.
Judge Creighton sentenced Hazelwanter to three months consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving.