Traf­fic stop leads to drug charges

Pos­ses­sion of marijuana, magic mush­rooms leads to hefty fines

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - News - BY BRYAN TAIT bryan.tait@tc.tc

Drugs dis­cov­ered dur­ing a traf­fic stop in April net­ted one man nearly $2,000 in fines.

Ro­man Ju­nior Mur­phy pleaded guilty to charges of pos­ses­sion of marijuana and psilo­cy­bin mush­rooms. A charge of pos­sess­ing cannabis resin was with­drawn.

The court was told Mur­phy was stopped on the Trans-Canada High­way af­ter an RCMP of­fi­cer spot­ted the ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling at 136 km/h.

Ac­cord­ing to the Crown prose­cu­tor, the RCMP of­fi­cer who con­ducted the stop no­ticed the strong smell of air fresh­ener and marijuana when he ap­proached the ve­hi­cle.

Mur­phy was ar­rested for pos­ses­sion and the ve­hi­cle was searched.

The Crown said po­lice found 178.5 grams of marijuana, 147 grams of psilo­cy­bin mush­rooms, five grams of hash oil and 2.7 grams of hashish.

Of­fi­cers also found a scale and as­sorted drug para­pher­na­lia in the ve­hi­cle.

Ac­cord­ing to the Crown, the marijuana had an es­ti­mated street value of $1,200 to $1,300, while the mush­rooms had an es­ti­mated value of $300.

The hash oil and hashish had an es­ti­mated value of $60 to $80 ac­cord­ing to the Crown.

Af­ter a joint sub­mis­sion on sen­tenc­ing, Mur­phy was fined $750 on each count.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a $225 vic­tim fine sur­charge was levied on each count, for fines to­talling $1,950. Judge Lynn Cole gave Mur­phy six months to pay the fines.

Mur­phy was also placed on pro­ba­tion for one year.

Ash­ley Ni­cole Oram had been charged with the same three of­fences. Oram was in the front pas­sen­ger seat of the ve­hi­cle dur­ing the stop.

Oram pleaded guilty to the charge of pos­sess­ing cannabis resin and the Crown with­drew the other charges.

Oram was given an ab­so­lute dis­charge based on a joint sub­mis­sion from the Crown and de­fence. She must also pay a $100 vic­tim fine sur­charge and given 30 days to pay.

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