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Adam Christopher Wentzell leaves court Tuesday after a show cause hearing.
Two men who were arrested Friday after police seized more than $15,000 worth of drugs that included crystal meth will be released until their cases are dealt with through the courts.
Adam Christopher Wentzell, 23, and Paul Toland Fitzgerald, 40, appeared before a justice of the peace in Charlottetown Tuesday for show cause hearings to determine if they should be released.
Fitzgerald, who lives in Moncton, will be released on $5,000 bail once he is able to get the money from his father.
Federal Crown attorney Scott Barry sought bail because Fitzgerald had a criminal record with an Interpol number in the U.K. from a drug trafficking conviction in Scotland.
Barry said there was concern Fitzgerald had ties to international drug cartels.
Once he is released, Fitzgerald will have to forfeit his passport, which he said was already in police custody.
He will also be banned from having contact with Wentzell and will have to call the Charlottetown police every Friday.
Barry had requested $10,000 bail, but during the hearing, Fitzgerald's girlfriend spoke from the gallery and said his father could come up with $5,000.
The woman said Fitzgerald lived with her in Moncton and she would make sure he made his court appearances.
"As long as you have his passport he won't be going anywhere," she said.
Wentzell was released Tuesday without bail, but he must also check in with the police every Friday and avoid contact with Fitzgerald.
The men are each facing five charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act after they were allegedly caught with 483 grams of cannabis resin, 44.5 grams of cocaine, nine grams of marijuana, 9.7 grams of crystal meth and seven tablets of speed.
Barry said the street value of the resin was about $7,000 to $10,000.
The cocaine was worth between $3,000 and $9,000, Barry said, although it was likely on the higher end because it was close to 98 per cent pure.
Barry said it was hard to put a value on the crystal meth because it isn't common in P.E.I., but in other jurisdictions the amount seized would be worth about $100 to $150.
Both men are scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 21.