Cou­ple il­le­gally aug­ments pre­scrip­tions

The Observer (Sarnia) - - NEWS - NEIL BOWEN nbowen@post­

A Wat­ford cou­ple il­le­gally aug­ment­ing their pre­scrip­tions when there was also co­caine in their home was placed on six months of house ar­rest in Sar­nia court.

Daniel Dou­glas Smith, 54, pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of fen­tanyl and methadone but sen­tenc­ing was de­layed un­til Tues­day.

Nancy Anne Vin­cent, 50, pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of methadone and fen­tanyl but also co­caine on two oc­ca­sions.

Po­lice had searched the home twice.

On June 22, 2016 77 used fen­tanyl patches were found. Smith had a pre­scrip­tion for them but not for an ad­di­tional seven patches of a dif­fer­ent brand.

Po­lice also found 15 grams of co­caine.

On Nov. 11, 2016 the sec­ond po­lice raid found co­caine residue and methadone. Vin­cent had a pre­scrip­tion for methadone but there was also some of the drug used to treat opi­ate ad­dic­tions that was not cov­ered by her pre­scrip­tion.

Vin­cent had been drug-free for years but un­der stress cre­ated by fam­ily tragedies re­turned to co­caine, said de­fence lawyer Ken Mar­ley. “I just didn’t know how to deal with stress,” said Vin­cent de­scrib­ing to the court that un­der house ar­rest she would show her abil­ity to fol­low the right path.

A joint sub­mis­sion by Crown and de­fence lawyers called for six months of house ar­rest.

The joint sub­mis­sion re­flected frail­ties in the Crown’s case, said Mar­ley.

There had been prob­lems with the po­lice han­dling of the seized drugs which cre­ated the frail­ties.

The cou­ple were in­volved with the abuse and mis­use of pre­scrip­tions but have ac­knowl­edged their re­spon­si­bil­ity and taken steps to deal with the un­der­ly­ing cause, said Justice Deb­o­rah Austin in ac­cept­ing the joint sub­mis­sion.

Dur­ing house ar­rest the cou­ple must stay away from drugs while tak­ing coun­sel­ing.

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