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Charlottetown man caught with drugs in diaper bag gets P.E.I. jail time

RCMP seize more than 11,000 methamphetamine pills stamped "ICE" or "STAR" during a Jan. 24, 2018 search.
Police found methamphetamine pills inside a diaper bag in a Charlottetown-area man's vehicle recently. - SaltWire file photo

A Charlottetown area man who was caught with drugs in a child’s diaper bag and later gave police a false name on another matter was sentenced recently to 11 days in jail.

Derek Neil Shaw, 32, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to several charges that included two counts of drug possession, giving a false name to police, theft and possession of stolen property.  

The court heard that on June 8 at around 10 a.m. Shaw was found passed out behind the wheel with an infant in the back seat of his vehicle.

A search turned up seven methamphetamine pills and one gram of ecstasy in powder form in a diaper bag.

Shaw later passed a drug recognition expert test that is used to determine if a person is impaired by drugs.

On Nov. 13, Shaw gave the police a false name when they pulled him over in Cornwall while his licence was suspended because of unpaid fines.

The police issued tickets for driving without a valid registration and failing to produce valid insurance.

In separate incidents, Shaw later stole a pair of boots from Mark’s Work Wearhouse and a Dr. Ho’s pain relief system from a Superstore.

Shaw also pawned a stolen cellphone at Most Wanted in Charlottetown.

Douglas sentenced Shaw to one day in jail on the drug charges, five days for stealing the pain relief system and five days for giving a false name to police.

He gave Shaw credit of one day for time spent in custody on the drug charges and suspended sentences for the other theft and possessing stolen property.

Along with the jail time, Douglas fined Shaw a total of $1,000 for three driving infractions and ordered him to pay $384.95 in restitution.

Shaw will be on probation for 18 months and is banned from Most Wanted.

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