Scales of justice
A man who bought five pounds of marijuana from an off-Island drug courier is going to jail after a judge sentenced him Tuesday to serve five months after he pleaded guilty to possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Earl James Lloyd MacArthur, 32, appeared before Justice Gordon Campbell in P.E.I. Supreme Court where he changed his plea to guilty and avoided a trial that was scheduled for the week.
MacArthur was arrested as part of a police investigation involving surveillance of drug couriers.
During that investigation the police surveillance saw a courier park in MacArthur's driveway and enter his house with a suitcase.
The courier and MacArthur were later arrested and five pounds of marijuana, a grinder, a pipe and a score sheet used to keep track of drug transactions were seized from MacArthur's house.
The courier pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana and is serving a six-month sentence in New Brunswick.
Defence lawyer Mitch MacLeod told the court it was an opportunistic delivery and the drugs were intended for someone else who wasn't available to take them.
The courier didn't want to return to New Brunswick with the drugs, MacLeod said.
MacArthur had no previous record.
The Crown and defence made a joint recommendation of five months in jail with one year of probation after his release, which Campbell said was in the appropriate range.