Dealer sold drugs to Sud­bury of­fi­cers

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS - HAROLD CARMICHAEL hcarmichael@post­media.com Twit­ter: @HaroldCarmichae

For sell­ing am­phet­a­mines to un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers at a down­town Sud­bury res­tau­rant, Steven Gerner will spend an­other four months in jail.

The penalty was added to a two-year jail term he re­ceived in June in Pem­broke, also for drug traf­fick­ing.

“I have no ex­cuse for what I did,” Gerner told On­tario Court Justice John Kukurin in Sud­bury, just be­fore re­ceiv­ing the sen­tence. “I’m go­ing to take the time I need to get well and come out a dif­fer­ent per­son.”

Gerner, 37, had a prior record, but had stayed out of the courts for three years un­til this sum­mer.

He pleaded guilty to am­phet­a­mine traf­fick­ing.

In ad­di­tion to the four months of jail, Kukurin is­sued a life­time weapons ban and or­dered Gerner to pro­vide a ge­netic sam­ple to the na­tional DNA data­bank.

The court heard that as part of an un­der­cover project, two un­der­cover Greater Sud­bury Po­lice of­fi­cers met with Gerner on Aug. 30, 2016, and ar­ranged to meet at the Tim Hor­tons res­tau­rant on Cedar Street to buy am­phet­a­mines from him.

The two of­fi­cers and Gerner got to­gether at the res­tau­rant and they paid $80 for 25 am­phet­a­mine pills.

When Gerner was ar­rested on Oct. 5 about the trans­ac­tion, he was found in pos­ses­sion of two cell­phones and $625.

De­fence lawyer De­nis Michel asked that Gerner re­ceive 30 days jail con­sec­u­tive for the new con­vic­tion, as op­posed to the six months the Crown was af­ter.

“He is serv­ing a sub­stan­tial sen­tence,” said the lawyer. “To in­crease it by six months is in­creas­ing the pro­por­tion had it been dealt with in June.”

Fed­eral prose­cu­tor Denys Bradley said the of­fence Gerner pleaded to war­ranted a six­month jail term.

“He is sell­ing drugs and it’s at a fam­ily-type of res­tau­rant,” said Bradley.

“His record in­cludes prior drug con­vic­tions.”

On June 22, Gerner pleaded guilty in a Pem­broke court to metham­phetamine traf­fick­ing. He re­ceived a two-year pen­i­ten­tiary sen­tence on top of 221 days ( just over seven months) of pre­trial cus­tody credit.

I have no ex­cuse for what I did. I’m go­ing to take the time I need to get well and come out a dif­fer­ent per­son.” Steven Gerner

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