Phar­macy tech­ni­cian jailed for traf­fick­ing

The Observer (Sarnia) - - FRONT PAGE - NEIL BOWEN

A nurse who worked as a phar­macy tech­ni­cian in Sar­nia has been sent to a pen­i­ten­tiary for three years for traf­fick­ing in the painkillers, fen­tanyl and hy­dro­mor­phone.

Car­rie Ann Hardy, 43, pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to traf­fick­ing the two drugs but sen­tenc­ing was de­layed un­til Tues­day in Sar­nia Su­pe­rior Court.

On Jan. 27, 2015 Hardy was seen with a bag out­side the phar­macy where she worked. Hardy got into a ve­hi­cle for a minute; Sar­nia po­lice had been watch­ing the ve­hi­cle as part of an on­go­ing drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an­other woman.

The ve­hi­cle’s oc­cu­pants, a man and woman, were sub­se­quently ar­rested. They were sen­tenced to pen­i­ten­tiary time.

A search found the bag that had been seen in Hardy’s hand. It con­tained four fen­tanyl patches and 185 hy­dro­mor­phone pills.

Hardy had been ar­rested out­side the phar­macy with a $500 bun­dle of cash.

Her cell phone showed a con­nec­tion to the other woman.

Calls be­tween the two women showed thinly dis­guised ref­er­ences to drugs as cof­fee. De­fence lawyer Ken Mar­ley raised the is­sue of Hardy be­ing pres­sured to sup­ply the drugs.

The two women had met in jail when Hardy was serv­ing a week­end sen­tence for driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied. Her record also in­cluded im­paired driv­ing but she had no drug ad­dic­tion.

In re­sponse to the is­sue of pres­sure fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor Michael Robb re­ferred the court to a cell­phone com­ment to Hardy from the other woman stat­ing, “if you don’t feel safe, don’t do it.”

Hardy had no record for drug of­fences and ref­er­ence let­ters pre­sented to the court de­scribed her crimes as out-of-char­ac­ter.

Hardy’s pre-sen­tence re­port in­di­cated she had great re­morse for her crime. The crime did not ap­pear to be profit-mo­ti­vated.

Dur­ing a prior court ap­pear­ance Mar­ley de­scribed Hardy as the dupe for street-level traffickers. The drugs given to the other woman had a street value of $7,000 and Hardy re­ceived $500. That was an ex­cel­lent in­di­ca­tion of her role, said Mar­ley who sought a two-year sen­tence.

If Hardy had felt pres­sured she should have gone to the po­lice, said Robb, who called for a five-year sen­tence due to the drugs be­ing the most dangerous sub­stances in the com­mu­nity.

Hardy was re­spon­si­ble for putting the drugs on the street where they take ad­van­tage of the weak­est mem­bers of so­ci­ety, said Robb.

Al­though de­ter­rent sen­tences do not solve the drug prob­lem, it does not mean such sen­tences should not be im­posed, as fen­tanyl presents a grave danger to the com­mu­nity, said Robb.

In sen­tenc­ing Hardy, Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice John De­sotti said the se­ri­ous crime af­fects hun­dreds of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and it was an egre­gious breach of trust.

The drugs were stolen from Hardy’s em­ployer and, as a nurse, Hardy knew or ought to have known the dire con­se­quences of traf­fick­ing in the drugs, said De­sotti.

The $500 was for­feited to the Crown and Hardy must give po­lice a DNA sam­ple.

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