May 26th, 2019

No additional jail time for drug convictions


By Shurtz, Delon on May 16, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man caught with three different illegal drugs has been handed a jail sentence, but he won’t have to serve any additional time.

Mark Anthony Brown pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of drug possession, and was sentenced to 15 months in jail. But his sentence will run concurrently with a jail sentence he is already serving.

Court was told had the Crown and defence known about these charges when Brown was sentenced previously on other charges, they would have all been dealt with at the same time with one jail sentence. For that reason Wednesday’s charges were rolled into the earlier charges, and do not require additional jail time.

The latest charges stem from an incident April 2 when Lethbridge police were investigating an unrelated matter and saw Brown at a city pub. Police knew Brown was wanted on an outstanding warrant, and they arrested him.

Police searched the suspect and found $920 in cash, 7.4 grams of methamphetamine, 7.1 grams of cocaine and 5.5 grams of carfentanil. They also found a cellphone, which they analyzed and discovered had been used for trafficking drugs.

In addition to his jail sentence, Brown was prohibited from possessing certain firearms and weapons for 10 years, and others for life.

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