Charlottetown man sentenced to seven years in prison for drug trafficking

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Operation clean sweep

A 58-year-old Charlottetown man was sentenced Tuesday in provincial court to a lengthy period of incarceration in a federal correctional facility on drug charges.

Laurie Joseph Doucette was sentenced to seven years for trafficking in cocaine.

He was sentenced to a further seven years for possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking.

The two sentences will be served concurrently.

Doucette, who has a lengthy criminal record with multiple convictions for drug offences, sold over $4,500 worth of cocaine to an agent of the police over the course of several weeks.

A subsequent search of his residence revealed a large quantity of cocaine.

Doucette was one of about 40 people arrested as part of the Charlottetown Police Services' Operation Clean Sweep during which the police seized more than $400,000 in drugs.

Organizations: Charlottetown Police Services

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Tammy Wedge
    May 22, 2014 - 07:41

    Good luck to you Laurie i wish you and your children, whom no one seems to think about before making all the nameless comments. People should know you aren"t the bad guy everyone is assuming. Everybody makes mistakes .I know for a fact you wouldn

    • Drew
      May 22, 2014 - 10:28

      Obviously, he wasn't thinking of his children. You say he isn't a bad guy. How many children has he ruined? How many families has he ruined? I wouldn't think that someone who deals drugs is a good guy. You also say everybody makes mistakes. He has been dealing drugs for how long? He has been to jail how many times?

    • WakeUp
      May 22, 2014 - 15:08

      If he is such a nice guy, why wasn't he thinking of his own children? You can't just say "everyone makes mistakes" after selling drugs for over 40 years and being in jail several times. It was not a "mistake" that Laurie made but a very conscious decision to sell illegal drugs that have ruined a lot of lives.

  • Former Island Son
    May 21, 2014 - 13:55

    Well its about time , I was home after 20 yrs away and got a shock of my life when i found out there was crack being sold in Charlottetown . And how Ch'town became paranoid of break ins , when i lived there we didnt have to lock our doors , now that has all changed . Good riddance Whip the Island will be a better place without you.....

  • Davin
    May 21, 2014 - 10:11

    A good start, but this sentence pales in comparison to what some other countries impose for drug trafficking. DEATH!

  • Throw away the key
    May 21, 2014 - 07:18

    Hope you enjoy your vacation over yonder Mr.Whip. I agree if only there was some hard labour tacked to the sentance would it make it any better. Oh and to A little harsh, maybe he doesnt shove it down their throats but hes supplying the poison that ruining many Island families. I have not a speck of pity for him, he knew what the consequences of his actions were. HE is the one who broke up his loving family! These people are loser scumbags who are just a waste and drain on society. 58yrs old obviously isn't ever going to learn to grow up and make an honest living or ever going to contribute anything good to our society. THROW AWAY THE KEY!

  • justin
    May 20, 2014 - 23:42

    Great he will be getting released just in time to start collecting the old age pension. He goes from one government funded program to another one. To bad his sentence didn't include some hard labour.

  • a little harsh
    May 20, 2014 - 20:27

    no one shoves drugs down those kids throats and make them take them... they chose to do it and chose to buy it! how about you all remember he had a family at home, what he did was wrong... but his house is a home, with a loving a family!! a little harsh.

    • Drew
      May 21, 2014 - 06:47

      To a little harsh: You must be joking. I can't believe you would say something so idiotic. Mr. Doucette should have thought of his loving family when he was breaking the law numerous times.

    • Drew
      May 21, 2014 - 06:49

      To a little harsh: You must be joking. I can't believe you would say something so idiotic. Mr. Doucette should have thought of his loving family when he was breaking the law numerous times.

    • Really?????
      May 21, 2014 - 07:36

      His house is a home....really? He has a loving family at home....a home full of drugs that he is selling to kids. Your quote "no one shoves drugs down those kids throats" WOW! how immature and irresponsible is that comment? Sickening! If he was so concerned about his "loving family at home" he should have thought about what he was doing and should have gotten a real job, something where he wasn't acting illegally and ruining kids in the process. He should have received a much harsher sentence than he did and at 58 years old sure should have known better. Totally disgusting!

    • think about
      May 21, 2014 - 07:50

      That is sad and j feel for his family. ...but really he knew if he sold drugs and in this lifestyle he was running risk of missing the good years of that child's life. I would be sooooo mad what selfish thing to do. No money in the world is worth not seeing my children grow up. Dumbass.

    • Parent
      May 21, 2014 - 08:18

      He made tons of money of addicts. Taking drugs like this is only a "choice" until they are addicted, then the choice factor is removed. He knews this and made a lot of money off their addictions. He has been selling drugs for over 40 years... time for "poor me, I have a family and am only trying to make a living " ended long ago. This man could have made the choice to work like everyone else... instead he chose to sell cocaine and of course, this has impacted upon his family and a whole lot of other families.

    • NOW
      May 21, 2014 - 10:25

      Nothing is harsh enough . He has a house not a home it's easy to see .Great job ,now lets clean up more over here in Stratford , more money more DRUGS .

    • Jon
      May 21, 2014 - 12:04

      I have to agree with a little harsh. The problem is not the dealer. That is capitalism at it's finest, there is a demand for a product, someone is going to supply it. Who knows, maybe this guy is only dealing so he can feed his family, there are limited Jobs on this island and most of them do not pay enough to support a family. The real issue here is addiction, if the PEI government would focus on treating addicts instead of arresting them, then dealers would simply go out of business. I have watched many people become addicted to drugs, most of which were prescribed by a doctor. Maybe it's time to change the way we think, to stop treating the symptoms of the disease, the dealers, and start treating the disease itself.

    • Wait for it
      May 22, 2014 - 14:22

      To Don. I was wondering who was going to play the 'blame it on the government' card. Your buddy is getting locked up- get over it.

  • chris gallant
    May 20, 2014 - 19:23

    Great Message,to send out to all those thinking drug trafficking is a wise way to earn a living here on pei,Now i hope they continue to send out strong message's with rest of thease,meanice's to society,They just do absolutely nothing for society but,continue to bring down our youth when there,perhaps at there most volunerable,making kids,be runners,selling drugs for them,and even stupping as low as putting gun's in the hands of minor's,making them there pawns in alife of crime,enough said!,I just pray that the judge persiding in thease serious unlawful acts of crime continues to give harsh sentences,to get the message to others still dealing,and those thinking about dealing drug's,Because nothing good can become of thease sort of crimes,that also lead to other crimes like theaft,gun trafficking,assaults etc(domino's effect if you will,and our children are watching,and they learn quick,so koo!doo's to the Police and the prosecution,and the Judge who can make a huge difference in quality of life for all Islanders who choose not to take this dead end road.

  • Confused !!
    May 20, 2014 - 16:48

    What he did was wrong but I really wish these judges would come down this hard on the GD child molestors out there...they're is one that is gettng out in September instead of letting him roam the streets send him over to the big house with Mr Doucette...maybe he will get what he deserves.

  • YeeHaw
    May 20, 2014 - 16:12

    Ole Ole Ole Ole......fare well Mr. Whip ..

  • Proud Resident in Stratford
    May 20, 2014 - 16:10

    Great sentence. 10 years for this repeat offender would have been great but still a good message. Now tomorrow add 5 more years onto the kingpin Yeo.

  • Happy
    May 20, 2014 - 15:42

    I hope everyone that got caught gets a VERY lengthy sentence! Good work police!!!!!

  • johnnylaw
    May 20, 2014 - 15:17

    GREAT WORK, THE POLICE ON PEI SHOULD BE PROUD TO PUT THIS SCUM BAG AWAY............

  • happy as hell
    May 20, 2014 - 14:53

    Yahoo !