October 22nd, 2020

Drug case adjourned again

By Shurtz, Delon on December 20, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald


A woman who has appeared in court more than a dozen times this year on drug and weapon-related offences, has been granted another adjournment. But at least when Shaquerri Young Pine returns to court next month, she’ll finally have a lawyer.

Young Pine’s case has been repeatedly adjourned since she was arrested in May to allow her time to hire a lawyer. A man charged with Young Pine, Larry Healy Jr., hired Calgary lawyer Robin McIntyre some time ago and they have been waiting for Young Pine to retain a lawyer so their matters can proceed.

When Young Pine still didn’t have a lawyer during a court appearance Dec. 12, and refused to tell court how she wanted to be tried on a dozen of her charges, the judge decided for her and elected trial by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury with a preliminary hearing. The hearing is scheduled to run April 16-17, 2020.

Court had hoped Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court to set hearing dates for both accused on numerous other charges, but Young Pine’s lawyer, Tracy Hembroff of Lethbridge, said she knows little about the case and needs time to review disclosure.

Young Pine, 19, and Healy, 40, 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. They 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.

Healy and Young Pine were each charged with numerous 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.

The two accused were arrested May 8, as well, 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 gun, 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 and Young Pine 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.

Both accused remain in custody and are scheduled to return to court Jan. 9.

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