Driver during Charlottetown drug deal found guilty

Ryan Ross
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Jason Yeo

A Charlottetown man who was driving a car where a drug transaction took place has been found guilty of trafficking cocaine.

Jason Norman Yeo appeared before Justice Wayne Cheverie Monday in P.E.I. Supreme Court in Charlottetown to hear the verdict after his trial ended last month.

During the trial the court heard Yeo was in the car with Chase Roper when an undercover officer bought $500 worth of cocaine from Roper.

The defence argued Yeo wasn’t involved in the sale and was simply driving Roper around.

Cheverie said that based on the evidence it would be “fanciful” to conclude that Yeo didn’t know what Roper was doing.

“It does not have the air of reality,” Cheverie said.

Roper previously pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and is serving an 18-month sentence.

In giving the reasons for his decision, Cheverie said there was no evidence Yeo had any physical contact with the drugs or cash involved in the deal with the undercover officer and driving Roper around wasn’t enough to show he was responsible for a criminal act.

But Cheverie said Yeo didn’t seem surprised by the deal and at one point asked the undercover officer if he was wearing a wire.

Yeo also was an active participant in discussions about a future purchase of marijuana, although he told the undercover officer he wasn’t involved in the drug trade any more, Cheverie said.

The evidence presented at trial led Cheverie to rule the only rational conclusion was that Yeo knew a drug transaction was going to take place.  

Yeo showed little reaction when Cheverie delivered the verdict and during a brief recess he turned to talk to his mother who was in the courtroom.

After the proceedings were over and as the sheriffs led him out of the courtroom he turned and told her he loved her.

Yeo will be back in court March 31 for sentencing.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Megan
    February 12, 2014 - 01:58

    Sorry didn't realize you were there and know the actual situation of the case. A classic PEI thing to do is assume he is the "kingpin" even though he wasn't even the one dealing the drugs. I'm not standing up for this guy, but I do believe in if you don't have anything nice to say, then shut your trap!!

  • sammy
    February 11, 2014 - 04:09

    Good for you Wayne Cheverie. This guy has been letting others take the fall for him for years by not 'handling' the goods. It didn't work this time and hopefully he will get a good long federal sentence to let him know that society know what he does and is.. here here....

  • Megan
    February 11, 2014 - 00:55

    Hmm, not sure how I honestly feel on this one. Sure he used to be a drug dealer, is a low-life and whatever else you call him. I just feel like this is an unfair situation. We have actual drug dealers receive no time and he was just an accessory and going to be sentenced. Kind of a messed up system we have. Similar to if someone was a passenger when the driver is driving drunk, both situations are illegal but yet the only one ever punished is the driver. Even if the passenger is well aware of the intoxication and the passenger walks away free while being well aware of the danger and consequences.

    • Maggie
      February 11, 2014 - 08:43

      My son got into some trouble with his buddies and even though his friends said he was not involved, was the driver, he was sentenced the same as the others for knowing what the intent was. As it should be...don't want to pay for a crime you not committing keep your nose out of it!!

    • Robert
      February 11, 2014 - 09:49

      Megan don't feel bad for this evil person. He wasn't just a passenger.....they were his drugs. He is the "kingpin" in other words. He is a sly individual that used pawns to do ALL his dirty work for many many years.

  • Summerside Resident
    February 10, 2014 - 19:48

    This Yeo chap is well known in Summerside and all over PEI actually for his involvement in crimes. Great to see our Judges are seeing through these individuals. Great work by Police. Now, hopefully get more of them as are youth of tommorrow are being hooked forst and than become dealers to gather money for thr big boys. This Yeo guy has always been involved in heavy criminal activity. Time to grow up, do his time, obtain employement and life a good life. Only time will tell.

  • cbrestovansky
    February 10, 2014 - 16:59

    Good for police and judges. Send the druggies to Dorchester pen. Throw the key away

  • A Mom
    February 10, 2014 - 16:14

    Awe The bond between a mom and her child.

    • Brought a Tear to My Eye
      February 11, 2014 - 07:44

      Perhaps if this drug trafficking thing doesn't work out he could get a job writing for Hallmark.

  • Finally
    February 10, 2014 - 15:52

    It is so good to finally seeing Police and Judges getting these low life drug dealers off the streets. The damage these drugs are doing to young lives on PEI is scary. A big Thank you to the Authorities for finally making a dent in this on the Island. Keep up the good work !!

  • ajjakl
    February 10, 2014 - 15:19

    GREAT NEWS!