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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Greater than three years after being arrested in Charlottetown with 160 grams of cocaine, a P.E.I. man has pleaded responsible to drug possession for trafficking functions.
Angus Arnold McKay, 48, was scheduled to face trial on June 26 in provincial courtroom in Charlottetown however as a substitute pleaded responsible to the drug cost.
Studying from an agreed assertion of information, federal Crown lawyer Jacob Zelman instructed the courtroom that in January 2020, the Prince District RCMP Joint Forces Operations (JFO) drug unit started investigating McKay for trafficking cocaine. A warrant was then issued on April 1, 2020, permitting police to trace McKay’s motion by his mobile phone. The monitoring information confirmed that McKay had a sample of going to a different man’s residence who was later arrested for trafficking cocaine. Police additionally had “confidential human supply data” that McKay was travelling commonly at evening from Summerside to Charlottetown to promote cocaine, stated Zelman.
On June 11, 2020, police adopted McKay driving a burgundy Lincoln with a feminine passenger from Summerside to Charlottetown. Police pulled over the automobile on Grafton Avenue at 1:05 a.m.
Contained in the automobile, police discovered three cell telephones, 140 grams of cocaine divided into 4 luggage, one other 20 grams of cocaine positioned within the automobile’s centre console and plastic Ziploc luggage. McKay additionally had $185 in money in his possession, stated Zelman.
McKay and the lady have been arrested for possessing cocaine for trafficking functions.
They have been taken by police to the East Prince RCMP detachment. The Lincoln was additionally towed to that detachment.
Police searched McKay’s residence in Inverness, P.E.I., and located one other mobile phone, scales, rating sheets, money, a knife and a machete and extra small plastic luggage.
The matter first appeared in provincial courtroom in 2020. After quite a few adjournments, on April 7, 2022, McKay elected to have the matter heard in P.E.I. Supreme Courtroom. McKay re-elected provincial courtroom almost a 12 months afterward March 28.
The lady died in August 2021 on the age of 44 whereas the drug cost was nonetheless earlier than the courtroom.
Chief Decide Jeff Lantz granted defence lawyer Mathieu Boutet’s request for a pre-sentence report. Pre-sentence stories talk about an offender’s background historical past and private circumstances to help the courtroom.
Lantz adjourned sentencing to Aug. 30.
Terrence McEachern is a justice reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He could be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and could be adopted on Twitter @terry_mcn.