More guilty pleas entered in Operation Clean Sweep drug investigation

Ryan Ross
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Operation Clean Sweep

Another two people have entered guilty pleas after their arrests in recent drug busts the Charlottetown police are calling Operation Clean Sweep.

Laurie Joseph Doucette, 58, and Lloyd Wilfred Ellis, 36, appeared before provincial court Judge Nancy Orr Friday morning to enter guilty pleas after the two were scheduled for show cause hearings to determine if they should be kept in custody.

Both have been in custody since their arrest on Jan. 30 when they were picked up as part of the largest operation in the Charlottetown police force’s history.

Doucette pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The Crown stayed three other charges against him.

Ellis pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking cocaine and hydromorphone, and one count of possessing methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.

The Crown stayed two charges against him.

Both men were released under several conditions, including that they must stay in P.E.I. and they must report to the police every week.

Their next court date is scheduled for Feb. 26 at which time a date will be set for sentencing.

The Crown and defence will be filing agreed statements of the facts in the cases by Feb. 21.

Both men made brief appearances before a justice of the peace Monday for show cause hearings, but asked for adjournments at that time.

Doucette’s release seemed to be a relief for a young woman who was in the courtroom for both of his recent appearances and cried throughout the proceedings both times.

After hearing he would be released, the woman whispered to him from her seat in the gallery.

“Glad you’re coming home,” she said.

She also tried to kiss him on his way out of the courtroom while he was still in handcuffs, but a sheriff stopped them.

Earlier this week, Steven Wallace Frizzell, 40, was the first of the people arrested in Operation Clean Sweep to enter a guilty plea.

Doucette and Ellis bring the number of guilty pleas entered in the case to three.

Charlottetown police arrested about 40 people on Jan. 30 as part of an investigation that saw more than $400,000 in drugs seized.

Most of the accused are scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 26 while the rest will appear March 3.

 

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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  • Oh really
    February 08, 2014 - 23:59

    Mr smart pants!!!! You didn't use your real name. Give me a break. You must be one of the ones who were caught and this is getting to you hahaha. Hope you get years.

  • mr smart pants
    February 08, 2014 - 17:22

    Hey look at me I'm an Islander with nothing better to do than to was my pathetic time commenting on court issues on the Guardian website and don't have enough guts to use my real name . Get a life losers!

  • Court Observer
    February 08, 2014 - 12:08

    How many kicks at the cat do they get..time for about a 5-6yr trip to the FED pen.....forget the frequent fleyers discount.Stop and think of the lives and families this bunch is affecting ....the colaterol damage....put yourself in the shoes of the parent ofa drug addicted child......The compassion of the Justice system MUST have limits....or are the accused allow to ruin OUR QUALITY of life on an ongoing basis...with no fear of the courts.

  • Islander
    February 08, 2014 - 10:13

    Same ones over and over again!!!!' Why does the courts allow these people to continue positioning lives? Many are on probation, yet released till futher court dates...... How is that? A young woman, crying because here income from granddaddy will be cut off. How do people have everything, yet don't work? How do they keep up their lifestyles their accustomed to? They can't work........ Welfare will take care of the women, while in a matter of months, the drug dealer will be out, and the cycle starts all over...............

  • Why the cover up about the source of PEI drugs
    February 08, 2014 - 05:16

    Most arrested in clean sweep are long time career types with no regard for the damaged caused by plying their trade . The big names were well known in the community and likley could not show a legit income statement if their life depended on it . Why are the OMG connections being covered up . Why does the CRA not go after the proceeds of crime and asset trail in these cases .

  • Poor journalism
    February 07, 2014 - 21:32

    Who cares whether he gets a kiss or not or if he gets to go home . We interested in his sentence since this is not the first time he been charged . Lots of addicted youth have not come home because of some one this this makes his living selling drugs . I don't know why there letting these people go on the street at all doesn't make sense . He been around for a long time and prison was not effective for all the lives someone had ruined he better get a lengthy one . The on line trolls an fan club of will say oh addicted is a choice . To me luring youth to get turned on drugs and the possibly of lacing with other drugs to make money is in my opinion no better that a child predator . May be they can get him a job wheeling deceased youth ,to the morgue who didn't make it home from over dose , bad drugs or commit suicide because they owed a bill . But I doubt that would effect him even so

  • mr dressup
    February 07, 2014 - 15:47

    Looks like the typical predictable characters at play here. Why don't we deport them to Ellesmere Island?

  • me
    February 07, 2014 - 15:24

    r u kidding me

    • Annon
      February 12, 2014 - 08:37

      How about you all stop and think about the family? While your sitting here bashing the father ... Do you not realize that maybe his kids would see your inconsiderate comments. It's pretty sickening to think people like you live on pei. People make mistakes some bigger then others, but it's not just the father it's affecting it's his whole family. Recently a RCMP officer got charged 18 months for stealing pills from the evidence room??? 18 months is a slap on the wrist ... I don't do drugs and have no like for them , but if there's going to be a sentence it has to be fair!