By Shurtz, Delon on November 22, 2019.
A 39-year-old man charged earlier this year with drug-related offences is eager to get on with his case, while a co-accused in the matter, well, not so much.
Larry Healy Jr. and Shaquerri Young Pine were both scheduled to be in Lethbridge provincial court Thursday to address numerous charges, but while Healy appeared by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, Young Pine was a no-show, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Court was told Healy’s lawyer wants to move forward with the case, especially because the accused has been in custody since April after he was refused bail. Both accused were arrested April 25, released from custody shortly after, then arrested again two weeks later on other matters.
Crown prosecutor John Oman said Young Pine failed to attend court on another occasion and a warrant was issued for her arrest, but it was withdrawn after she attended court on a later date. After she missed Thursday’s hearing Oman suggested both accuseds may have to deal with their charges separately so Healy can proceed with his charges.
Healy and Young Pine were charged in April following a traffic stop downtown in which police seized $60,000 worth of drugs.
Police stopped a pickup truck for a couple of equipment violations, and while speaking to the occupants noticed a machete in between the seat and centre console.
Police seized a large quantity of drugs, including 117 grams carfentanil worth $46,800, 40 capsules believed to contain heroin worth $8,000, 10.8 grams of methamphetamine worth $1,080, 12 hydromorphone capsules worth $95, 13 amphetamine capsules worth $260, and 1,035 gabapentin pills worth $245. Police also found a hatchet, baton, machete, brass knuckles, three Baggies of carfentanil, nearly $300 cash, a concealed knife on the male driver, and a sheathed knife the passenger was wearing around her neck.
In relation to that incident Healy and Young Pine were each charged with eight counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon, knowingly possessing a prohibited weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. Healy faces an additional charge of possession of the proceeds of crime.
They were arrested again the following month after police responded to a report of suspected drug trafficking activity by a guest staying at the Superlodge hotel in the 2200 block of 7 Avenue South. Police found a man inside his vehicle in the parking lot and saw a woman walking toward the rear of the vehicle.
The suspects were arrested without incident for breach of their respective recognizances, and police seized from the vehicle 21.6 grams of carfentanil, 18.4 grams of methamphetamine, 143 codeine tablets, 30 temazepam pills, 73 gabapentin pills, $4,180 cash, seven cellphones, drug paraphernalia, a machete, two knives, a BB bun, as well as suspected stolen property, including five computers, an iPad, and a bag containing antique Canadian and U.S. coins. The drugs are worth about $12,656, police reported.
Healy is set to have a pre-trial conference next month, during which a trial date may be scheduled.
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