October 31st, 2020

Preliminary hearing set for April for pair facing numerous charges


By Shurtz, Delon on December 13, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Two people charged in April and May with several offences, many of them drug-related, are finally scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on some of their charges, but not until next year.

One of the hearings for Larry Healy, Jr. and Shaquerri Young Pine, will be held April 16 and 17. The date was set Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court, where the judge ordered Young Pine to be tried by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury, after she refused to decide how she wanted to be tried.

Although Young Pine does not yet have a lawyer, court was told the case needs to move forward, especially since Healy Jr. has been in custody since his arrest in May while he’s waited for Young Pine to get a lawyer.

The two accused may also set preliminary hearings for other charges when they return to court next Thursday, when they appear by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

Healy Jr. and Young Pine were charged May 8 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 Jr., 40, and Young Pine, 19, were charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime and possession of a dangerous weapon. They were also charged with several counts of breach of a recognizance.

The accused were charged in April, as well, stemming from 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.

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