A 38-year-old Charlottetown man was sentenced Monday in provincial court to serve 10 months in the provincial correctional centre for possession of Hydromorphone for the purposes of trafficking.
Keith Charles VanEwyk was sentenced to a further 10 months in jail for the unlawful production of marijuana.
Both sentences, which are to be served concurrently, were subsequently reduced to 160 days because of the amount of time VanEwyk had spent on remand awaiting the disposition of his case. He spent 91 days on remand but was given credit for that time at the rate of one and a half days for each day served.
Police armed with a warrant conducted a search of VanEwyk’s residence. In that residence they found 135 four-milligram Hydromorphone pills. Hydromorphone is a potent narcotic painkiller.
Police also found seven marijuana plants under cultivation.
They seized $1,605 in cash at the residence.
The 10-month sentence imposed by Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas had been jointly recommended by the Crown and defence counsel.
Douglas ordered the cash seized at the VanEwyk residence be declared forfeit to the Crown.
VanEwyk accepted responsibility for his actions and offered an apology. He also indicated through his defence counsel that he is seeking counselling for addictions issues.
VanEwyk’s troubles are not over yet. He appeared before Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr Monday afternoon on other drug charges. Those matters were adjourned to Oct. 7.