Pro­ba­tion is­sued to speeder caught with drugs

The Prince George Citizen - - Local / Weather - Mark NIELSEN Cit­i­zen staff mnielsen@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

A Prince Ge­orge man who was found with mar­i­juana and co­caine in his ve­hi­cle when he was pulled over for speed­ing was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 30 months pro­ba­tion.

Wil­liam Wall, 60, was ar­rested on Feb. 24, 2015, on High­way 16 when he was caught near Pur­den Ski Vil­lage driv­ing 64 km/h in a 50 km/h zone that had been es­tab­lished for the Canada Win­ter Games.

The RCMP of­fi­cer who pulled him over no­ticed a strong smell of mar­i­juana and sub­se­quently un­cov­ered about 2.7 kilo­grams (six pounds) of mar­i­juana inside a tool­box sit­ting in the back seat and a 28-gram (one-ounce) lump of co­caine in a cig­a­rette pack­age in the con­sole.

Po­lice had orig­i­nally iden­ti­fied the co­caine as metham­phetamine.

Wall sub­se­quently told po­lice he was de­liv­er­ing the items as a one-time favour to a friend and stood to earn about $500 for his ef­fort.

Po­lice later es­ti­mated the value of the mar­i­juana at $9,000 and the co­caine at $1,600.

Crown coun­sel had ar­gued for 15 months in jail B.C. Supreme Court Jus­tice El­iz­a­beth Humphries agreed with de­fence coun­sel Ja­son LeBlond’s po­si­tion that pro­ba­tion was more in or­der.

Wall’s crim­i­nal record amounted to two mi­nor con­vic­tions for pos­ses­sion com­mit­ted in 1983 and 1975 and Humphries found he was not lead­ing the life of a drug traf­ficker and was not caught ac­tu­ally sell­ing drugs.

Wall must spend the first six months un­der house ar­rest and will only be able to leave the prop­erty with writ­ten per­mis­sion of his pa­role of­fi­cer or in the event of a med­i­cal emer­gency.

He must also com­plete 50 hours of com­mu­nity work ser­vice dur­ing the first year.

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