Charlottetown man jailed for selling drugs to police agent

Doug Gallant
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A 23-year-old Charlottetown man was sentenced in provincial court to serve 16 months in the provincial correctional centre for his involvement in drug trafficking.

Stephen Robert John MacDonald was charged after he sold cannabis to an agent of the police.

Upon release from custody, MacDonald will be placed on probation for two years.

Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr also ordered the accused to either seek employment or further his education.

He is to refrain from associating with anyone his probation officer tells him to have no contact with.

MacDonald was one of several people charged with drug-related offences as a result of Project Lunge, a joint federal drug investigation between the RCMP federal investigations unit and Stratford RCMP and the RCMP in New Brunswick.

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Project Lunge targeted illicit drug networks that were transporting and distributing illegal drugs and controlled substances such as powder and crack cocaine, hydromorphone and cannabis.

The Crown had called for a sentence in the range of 12-18 months for MacDonald, whom police described as a mid-level drug dealer.

Crown Counsel referenced a decision of Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Taylor in which Taylor described those who engage in the sale of illegal drugs as being among the worst offenders in society.

In passing sentence Orr noted that there are very few days when the courts of P.E.I. do not see the impact the sale of illegal drugs has on the community.

People frequently commit criminal offences to get the money they need to purchase drugs or to pay for drugs they’ve already received on credit from their drug dealers.

Orr said text messages and audio recordings provided to the court showed MacDonald’s level of involvement in the drug trade and what his intentions were with regards to the future sale of drugs.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Charlottetown, New Brunswick, P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • Craig Pinsonneault
    January 06, 2016 - 08:31

    This is insane to put a person in jail for pot no matter what... Tell me fools what do you do to the prosecutor or the cops over there that smoke pot also but dont bust themselves... This is just pure bull plain and simple... Marijuana is about to be legalized and we still have people that want to destroy someone over it no matter what their involvement waw.

    • mackay
      January 06, 2016 - 13:17

      Why do people young and old need street drugs,get a job like we all did and earn a living and help support our great country.