Couple illegally augments prescriptions
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.