Court gives P.E.I. man three months after bringing drugs into jail

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 26, 2016

Chief provincial court judge Nancy Orr.

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Micah James MacDougall  caught smuggling marijuana, Colidine and Seroquel into Sleepy Hollow

A Charlottetown man who got caught smuggling drugs into the Provincial Correctional Centre was sentenced Monday to three months in jail.

Micah James MacDougall, 23, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown after previously pleading guilty to a probation breach.

MacDougall was serving a sentence on weekends when he was caught smuggling marijuana, Colidine and Seroquel into the jail.

No drug charges have been laid in connection with the incident.

During Monday's proceedings, the court heard MacDougall has been training for an April 2 body building competition.

MacDougall, whose criminal record included drug trafficking, addressed the court to say over the last year he has tried to put the past behind him, even though it might not seem like it.

Everyone from his past labelled him a criminal or "rat", and someone tried to burn his house down, MacDougall said.

MacDougall also said he has taken part in counselling programs and is trying to better himself, including through a course to become a personal trainer.

"My future and freedom mean more to me than doing other people's dirty work," he said.

Before hearing his sentence, MacDougall asked to serve it on weekends, saying he would lose work and a sponsor for the competition if he did straight time.

MacDougall said he hoped Orr could see he is trying.

"I hope the pros outweigh the cons, and you won't see me in this courtroom again."

Orr said it was regrettable the positives MacDougall was working toward will be put in jeopardy by his actions.

"There's a price to be paid when you mess up," she said.

Along with the jail time, Orr ordered MacDougall to pay a $100 victim surcharge.

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