Man caught with drugs fined

No jail time for sole sup­porter of dis­abled wife and chil­dren

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY RYAN ROSS rross@the­ twit­­r­ross

Get­ting caught with sev­eral kinds of drugs proved ex­pen­sive for a P.E.I. man who is the sole sup­port for his kids and dis­abled wife.

Matthew Les­lie Carl But­ler, 40, ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Nancy Key in P.E.I. Supreme Court in Char­lot­te­town on Mon­day for sen­tenc­ing af­ter the po­lice caught him with small amounts of co­caine, Per­co­cet, Ri­talin and mar­i­juana.

The court heard that in May, the RCMP re­ceived a tip But­ler had mar­i­juana he planned to sell.

Af­ter track­ing him down at his par­ents’ house, the po­lice searched But­ler and found two grams of co­caine, nine Per­co­cet pills, one Ri­talin pill, about one gram of mar­i­juana and $45 cash on him.

But­ler told po­lice he paid $80 for the co­caine.

He had a prior re­lated crim­i­nal record at the time of his ar­rest.

The de­fence told the court But­ler was the sole fi­nan­cial sup­port for his dis­abled wife and three teenage chil­dren.

In rec­om­mend­ing a sen­tence, the Crown sug­gested a fine with pro­ba­tion would be ap­pro­pri­ate and the de­fence agreed, say­ing it would al­low But­ler to con­tinue work­ing and sup­port­ing his fam­ily.

Be­fore hear­ing his sen­tence, But­ler briefly ad­dressed the court.

“I’m do­ing my best to get away from that kind of thing,” he said.

Key told But­ler he wasn’t set­ting a good ex­am­ple for his chil­dren.

She then fined him $700, or­dered him to pay a $200 vic­tim sur­charge and placed him on pro­ba­tion for 18 months.

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