October 22nd, 2020

Man facing drug charges released on bail


By Shurtz, Delon on December 6, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A man charged with several criminal offences following a drug bust at a local hotel last summer has finally been released on bail.

Michael Newman Davies, 35, was released from custody Thursday after his father agreed during a brief hearing in Lethbridge provincial court to post a $5,000-no cash surety.

Davies was ordered to live with his father in Calgary and to comply with several other conditions, including report regularly to police, abstain from alcohol, not possess weapons, and obey a 24-hour curfew unless he’s working.

On July 12 police were at the Superlodge hotel in the 2200 block of 7 Avenue South on an unrelated matter when an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle he recognized from previous investigations.

Police reported the owner of the vehicle was wanted on outstanding warrants and was arrested in his hotel room. Police searched the room and the suspect’s vehicle, and found drugs, drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of cash.

Police seized 680 grams (1.5 pounds) of methamphetamine worth about $28,600 on the street, 113 grams (.25 pounds) of carfentanil worth about $51,000, 40 grams of crack cocaine worth $4,000, $14,300 cash, ballistic body armour, drug paraphernalia, identity documents, jewelry and electronics.

Davies, 35, is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of identity documents and possession of body armour without a valid permit.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 16 when his lawyer may speak to setting a date for trial.

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