August 18th, 2017


R v Hussain, 2017 ABPC 189 per Semenuk, PCJ:

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Accused pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine. Four sales to an undercover police officer. Positive PSR and accused had taken steps to address addiction issues. Accused was from Pakistan, and was subject to possible deportation. Held: 18 months jail. Aggravating factors included: 4 sales, total weight of 8.3 grams of crack cocaine with a street … Read More.

August 11th, 2017


R v Soosay, Edmonton Queen’s Bench 2017 ABQB 478 per Burrows, J:

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35 year old aboriginal woman pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine. $100 worth of cocaine sold to an undercover police officer. Accused’s record (10 prior convictions) included one drug conviction (simple possession in 2008). Numerous Gladue factors including: limited education and employment opportunities; considerable death / suicide in her family; family members attended residential school; … Read More.

November 4th, 2015


R. v. Echert, 2015 ABQB 675 per Clackson, J

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Accused pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine. At arrest, accused had 11 spitballs of crack cocaine in his possession. A subsequent search of the accused’s residence located another 23 grams of cocaine in a bag, as well as a 440 gram brick of cocaine. Held: 26 months jail. Crown argument that the amount of drugs … Read More.

January 23rd, 2015


R. v. MAB, 2014 ABPC 293 per Ayotte, PCJ

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Accused plead guilty to trafficking in cocaine. One gram sale wherein accused was acting as a “facilitator”, as she was addicted to cocaine. No profit. 1996 conviction for possession of marihuana. Crown sought 12 months jail, defence sought probation with house arrest. Held: 90 days jail intermittent plus 2 years probation. Positive PSR and some … Read More.