Deblois man jailed for trafficking hydromorphone gets parole

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Parole board finds Adam Troy Gaudet's change in behaviour and attitude makes his risk to re-offend low

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A Deblois man who was part of an operation that brought drugs into P.E.I. has been granted full parole.

Adam Troy Gaudet was serving a sentence of two years and three months in prison after pleading guilty in April 2013 to conspiracy to traffic in hydromorphone and possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking.

Gaudet was sentenced on Oct. 21, 2013.

In a decision issued March 14, the Parole Board of Canada’s report said Gaudet’s case management team assessed his risk to re-offend as being low.

The board said it was satisfied there has been enough change in Gaudet’s behaviour and attitude to support a finding that he could be released on day and full parole.

Gaudet became addicted to prescription medication he was taking after back surgery, but once he was no longer prescribed them he started buying similar drugs illegally.

A Correctional Service of Canada review of Gaudet’s case initially identified his substance abuse as presenting a high need for improvement while his attitude, emotional orientation, education and employment were assessed as having a moderated need for improvement.

The parole report said Gaudet attended school, maintained employment and was receptive to support and guidance from his case management team, which was a reflection of his motivation to make positive changes.

Gaudet worked in the prison garage, attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings and furthered his education while incarcerated.

In response to questions about his criminal activities, Gaudet told the parole board he wasn’t trafficking in drugs, but was travelling with his drug dealer who had become his friend.

Gaudet told the board he had been stockpiling drugs at home for his own use, but if the dealer’s supply ran low he would borrow from Gaudet to sell to others.

The board said that in the time leading up to his offences, Gaudet wasn’t able to exert much self-control over his drug use and choice of associates, but had since shown he has the ability to do so.

In granting Gaudet full parole, the board imposed several conditions on him, including ordering him to avoid using drugs, unless they are prescribed to him or over-the-counter medication taken as recommended by the manufacturer.

Gaudet must also refrain from associating with anyone he knows or has reason to believe is involved in criminal activity.

Organizations: Parole Board of Canada, Correctional Service of Canada

Geographic location: Deblois, Troy

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