Traffic stop leads to drug charges
Possession of marijuana, magic mushrooms leads to hefty fines
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 A charge of possessing cannabis resin was withdrawn.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.