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UPDATE: Moncton man sentenced to 20 months in jail for trafficking methamphetamine in P.E.I.

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A 42-year-old Moncton man was sent to jail for 20 months for drug trafficking.

Shaun Alan Silliker was found guilty in Summerside provincial court recently of possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine. 

Judge Krista MacKay read her decision on Feb. 24.

“Methamphetamine is a Schedule 1 drug. These are some of the most addictive and dangerous drugs in use in today’s society. They are a serious problem here on P.E.I. and specifically in Prince County,” she said.

“In the short time I’ve been on the bench, I can tell you that the majority of people that appear before me cite their addiction as the underlying cause of their criminal activity. Many of these people were honest, law-abiding citizens until they started using drugs, and more than a few had great potential that was squashed by their addiction. In addition, their families have suffered. They have suffered because of the addiction of their loved ones and the consequences of those actions.”

Silliker was stopped by police in P.E.I. and officers seized 162 methamphetamine pills, a small amount of crystal methamphetamine, hydromorphone, cash and weapons.

Cell phone data included almost 4,500 text messages and hundreds of phone calls and photos.

The phone records show he was operating a sophisticated, interprovincial drug trade, said MacKay.

“There were many instances where the accused was making arrangements for very large amounts of drugs on numerous occasions, (unclear) include more than 1,000 pills,” said MacKay.

She said he appeared to be selling to others, making him a mid-level dealer.

MacKay sentenced Siliker to 20 months in jail, or 600 days, even though it was Silliker’s first charge for trafficking. He received credit of 334 days for time served.

She sentenced him to another 45 days for breach of an undertaking, to be served concurrently.

Silliker must submit a sample to the national DNA databank and will be under a lifetime weapons ban. Additionally, all items seized are forfeited to the court and will be destroyed.

Silliker will be on probation for two years after his release.

“Mr. Silliker, I am doing this so when you are released back into the community you will have the supports required to continue your sobriety,” said MacKay.

He must get counselling for addictions and mental health as deemed appropriate by the probation officer.

“Mr. Sillker, you have the opportunity to change your life following your release from jail,” said MacKay.

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