October 19th, 2020

Lack of disclosure delaying drug trial

By Shurtz, Delon on November 1, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


The lawyer for a 22-year-old Lethbridge man accused of having $95,000 worth of controlled drugs, is still waiting for disclosure from the Crown’s office before she can proceed with her client’s defence.

Claudia Connolly appeared for Armande John Good Rider Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court, where the federal Crown said while some disclosure had been sent, more is expected.

Good Rider, who was released from custody Sept. 19 on $1,000 bail, is charged with three counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, and one count each of drug possession, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence, possession of counterfeit money, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and possession of the proceeds of crime.

On Sept. 6 following a short-term investigation into drug trafficking activity, police conducted a targeted traffic stop on a Dodge Caravan. During a search of the vehicle officers seized quantities of carfentanil and cocaine, along with drug trafficking paraphernalia, $755 in cash and a pair of homemade brass knuckles.

Police later searched a home along Purdue Court West and seized about 171 grams of methamphetamine, 185 grams of carfentanil, 107 grams of cocaine, a small quantity of psilocybin, counterfeit money, stolen clothing and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Good Rider’s next court hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.

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