Wrong turns leads to ar­rest

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Local - ALI­SON LAN­G­LEY

Mak­ing a wrong turn at a Ni­a­gara border cross­ing proved costly for a 33-year-old man.

Jef­fer­son Shawn Peters ap­peared in a Su­pe­rior Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines on Fri­day and was sen­tenced to time served on a charge of possession of co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

The sen­tence, court was told, re­flects the amount of time the de­fen­dant had spent in pre­trial cus­tody which was the equiv­a­lent of al­most 30 months be­hind bars.

Peters was ar­rested in July 2015 af­ter he be­came lost and ac­ci­den­tally drove across the Queen­ston-Lewis­ton Bridge.

U.S. border of­fi­cials re­turned him to Canada at which time he was re­ferred to sec­ondary in­spec­tion.

Canada Border Ser­vices Agency of­fi­cers sub­se­quently found him to be in possession of al­most 60 grams of co­caine.

Court was told the drugs had a street value of up to $6,400. At the time of his ar­rest, Peters was bound by a court or­der not to be in possession of any non-med­i­cally pre­scribed drugs.

A na­tive of Gre­nada, Peters came to Canada in 2001. Due to pre­vi­ous run ins with the law, which in­cluded con­vic­tions for as­sault, drug possession and car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon, pro­ceed­ings were al­ready un­der­way to have him de­ported.

“I made a lot of mis­takes in the past,” Peters told the judge. “No mat­ter what, I’m get­ting de­ported. What­ever your de­ci­sion, I re­spect it.”

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