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.