Charlottetown man gets 18-month jail sentence for drug offences

Preston James Blaisdell, 29, pleaded guilty after being stopped by police and found to have drugs on two occasions, one of them while crossing Confederation Bridge

Jim Day
Published on February 25, 2014
Scales of justice

A 29-year-old Charlottetown man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in jail for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

Preston James Blaisdell was given credit of 300 days for the 230 days he has already served.

Saying he did not believe Blaisdell deserves the maximum allowable credit of 50 percent or 1.5 days for each day served, P.E.I. Supreme Court Justice Gordon Campbell gave Blaisdell 30 percent credit for the time he was remanded in custody.

Blaisdell pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing for the purpose of trafficking, possession, driving a motor vehicle while disqualified and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Campbell imposed sentences of 10 days, 75 days and 15 days respectively for the later three convictions, all to be served concurrently with the 18-month sentence. With credit for time served, Blaisdell has roughly eight months remaining to serve.

According to the agreed statement of facts read in court Tuesday, investigators began in May 2013 an operation code named Operation Hotwheels into the activities of Blaisdell and his associates. The investigation included confidential source information, surveillance, a video camera recorder and the use of a tracking device.

On June 11, 2013, investigators conducted surveillance on Blaisdell and identified that he travelled to New Brunswick with another man. After crossing the Confederation Bridge and travelling towards Charlottetown, investigators stopped Blaisdell's vehicle and arrested both occupants.

A search of the vehicle turned up two hydromorphone 30 mg pills, two oxycodone pills and 15 hyromorphone 4 mg pills.

The search found Blaisdell to be in possession of brass knuckles — a prohibited weapon. He was also operating a motor vehicle while disqualified. In fact, Blaisdell has never held a valid driver's licence while on P.E.I.

Blaisdell was released following his arrest on June 11. However, investigators received information that Blaisdell was continuing drug-related activities.

On July 10, 2013, investigators received information that Blaisdell was in possession of a quantity of hydromorphone pills. Police set up surveillance and located Blaisdell on Upper Prince Street in Charlottetown driving an Oldsmobile Alero.

The vehicle was stopped and Blaisdell was arrested with two adult passengers in the car.

A search of the vehicle uncovered 87 hydromorphone 4 mg pills and one hydromorphone 30 mg capsule. Many more hydromorphone pills were found inside the purse of the female passenger.

The Crown termed the amount of hydromorphone pills seized during the two incidents as "significant'' adding that hydromorphone is a "very serious drug'' in lines with cocaine.

Blaisdell has no prior related drug record but did serve 18 months on a break and enter conviction.

The judge waived the victim surcharge.