A P.E.I. court heard of a combination stun gun inside a brass-knuckle weapon seized during Operation Clean Sweep, and how the owner sold cocaine to undercover police officers.
Steven Wallace Frizzell, 40, of Millcove was sentenced Wednesday in provincial court to serve 42 months in a federal penitentiary on four drug charges.
He appeared for sentencing in Charlottetown before judge Nancy Orr on two charges of trafficking cocaine, a single charge of producing hash plus a charge of possessing marijuana for the purposes of trafficking.
He also gets four months in jail for possessing a prohibited weapon, that stun gun/brass knuckle device.
Orr also declared other items seized from Frizzell in the Jan. 30 raid this year be turned over to the Crown, such as his vehicle.
An agreed statement of facts read to the court said that on two separate occasions Frizzell sold cocaine to an undercover agent.
On the first occasion he sold 14.6 grans of cocaine for $1,000. Then later he sold 31.1 grams of cocaine to the agent for $2,000.
During the January raids that rounded up 40 suspects, a search of Frizzell's residence turned up 1,395 grams of marijuana, a small quantity of hash oil, marijuana seeds, Canadian and American currency and assorted drug paraphernalia.
The search of Frizzell's residence also scooped up eight cell phones, bulletproof vests, a pellet gun and the stun gun/brass knuckle combination.
Federal Crown prosecutor Tom Laughlin said Frizzell’s activity in the drug trade was motivated by money and his own addiction issues.
Frizzell has a lengthy criminal record, the court heard.
In passing sentence, Orr said that Frizzell saw drugs as a way to make some easy money.
Those who engage in the trafficking of drugs should know they will face significant consequences when they come before the courts, warned Orr.
In addition to the time he will spend in custody, Frizzell was ordered to pay $800 to the victims of crime fund.
When Orr asked Frizzell’s lawyer how much time he needed to pay that amount, the answer was one year, despite the sentence just imposed of three and a half years in the federal pen.
“He thinks he will be out that quickly?” Orr asked.
That, she said, puts the whole justice system into perspective.