Drug charges

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DIANE CROCKER [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrock­er

A Nova Sco­tia man and a woman from this prov­ince con­sented to be­ing tried on charges of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled drug or sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing dur­ing an ap­pear­ance in pro­vin­cial court in Cor­ner Brook on Tues­day morn­ing.

A Nova Sco­tia man and a woman from this prov­ince con­sented to be­ing tried on charges of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled drug or sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing dur­ing an ap­pear­ance in pro­vin­cial court in Cor­ner Brook on Tues­day morn­ing.

Dou­glas Walker, who has known ties to out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gangs, and Danielle Wight, who is from the west coast, were ar­rested dur­ing a traf­fic stop near Deer Lake on Feb. 8, 2017.

A search of the ve­hi­cle they were in re­sulted in the seizure of 2,032 doses of co­caine, 285 mar­i­juana joints and other drugs.

They were charged with six counts each of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled drug for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

The two elected to be tried in the Supreme Court of New­found­land and Labrador last Au­gust and their pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry was set for Tues­day.

How­ever, Fed­eral Crown at­tor­ney Adam Joyce in­di­cated at the start of the hear­ing that the pair had agree to com­mit­tal on the charges against them.

Joyce said he would use the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry time to call one wit­ness for di­rect ex­am­i­na­tion to pro­vide dis­cov­ery re­gard­ing Char­ter is­sues.

The wit­ness was an RCMP of­fi­cer in­volved in the arrest of Walker and Wight. De­tails of what was said dur­ing his tes­ti­mony are sub­ject to a pub­li­ca­tion ban.

Fol­low­ing his tes­ti­mony and cross ex­am­i­na­tion, Walker’s lawyer, Robby Ash, and Wight’s lawyer, Trevor Mur­phy, both in­di­cated their clients were con­sent­ing to com­mit­tal on the charges.

Judge Cather­ine Allen-Westby made it of­fi­cial by com­mit­ting them to trial in the Supreme Court.

No date has been for them to ap­pear for ar­raign­ment in the su­pe­rior court.

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