Stratford woman caught with drugs gets jail time

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 27, 2016

Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island

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A Stratford woman who was arrested with about $2,000 worth of hydromorphone pills was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in jail.

Jacqueline Dawn Campbell, 26, appeared before Justice Ben Taylor in P.E.I. Supreme Court in Charlottetown after previously pleading guilty to drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Campbell was the subject of a lengthy RCMP investigation that led to the arrest of a man outside her home in Stratford.

That man told police he bought $40 worth of hydromorphone from Campbell.

Eventually the RCMP arrested Campbell after finding her with drugs on her way to a pharmacy.

The police found 81 eight-milligram hydromorphone pills, 4.5 grams of marijuana, nine Percocet pills, score sheets to keep track of drug deals and what the federal Crown called a snorting straw.

A search of Campbell's house found more score sheets, but no drugs.

Campbell admitted to police she sold eight-milligram hydromorphon pills, known as D8s, to pay off a drug debt.

The Crown stayed charges related to the other two drugs police found her with.

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Defence lawyer Yolande Murphy said her client had a difficult childhood and dropped out of high school.

She has been on methadone since 2014 and all of the random urine samples she provided have all been clean, Murphy said.

In handing down a sentence, Taylor said Campbell was found with a large amount of hydromorphone, which is a drug he described as very addictive.

"Among those drugs which ruin lives for people unfortunate enough to become addicted," he said.

Taylor said in cases that deal with highly addictive drugs deterrence and denunciation are the main considerations during sentencing.

Along with the jail time, Campbell will be on probation for one year after her release.

Taylor also ordered a weapons prohibition and Campbell will have to provide a DNA sample for the national databank.

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Jacqueline Dawn Campbell had no criminal record when police arrested her on drug charges.

Before she was sentenced on that charge she got a record after pleading guilty to theft from the No Frills grocery store in Stratford.

Campbell's lawyer told a judge at a sentencing hearing on the drug charges that her client's social assistance had been cut off.

The accused stole $45 worth of food.

Campbell had to pay a fine for the theft and paid restitution to the store.