In­mate over­doses, pleads guilty to drug charges

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL CRIME - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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.

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