January 16th, 2021

Woman sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

By Shurtz, Delon on February 28, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A 29-year-old woman who began selling drugs to support her drug addiction has been sent to a federal penitentiary.

Phelony White, who didn’t have a criminal record when she was caught selling drugs in 2017, pleaded guilty Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court to three charges drug trafficking.

Court was told White sold a buyer two fentanyl tablets for $60 on Dec. 12, 2017. Eight days later she sold the same buyer three fentanyl tablets for $75, then on Jan. 8, 2018 she sold him four fentanyl tablets for $100.

On each occasion, the buyer was an undercover police officer.

The Crown noted the starting point for drug trafficking on a significant scale is three years, but he recommended a lower sentence of two years given White’s relatively young age and her guilty plea.

Lethbridge lawyer Scott Hadford explained White had a difficult childhood and was raised by her father until she was five years old, then by her grandparents, who had grown up in residential schools. Alcohol, he added, was prevalent in the home.

Hadford said White was “self-medicating” to deal with her challenges in life, and began selling drugs to support her addictions.

In addition to her two years in prison, White is prohibited from possessing certain weapons for 10 years and others for life, and she must submit a sample of her DNA for the National DNA Databank.

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Okay. . . so where do I see treatment for her addiction and dealing with the trauma that caused her addiction?

Will this help her or hinder? Our great PM decided to put safe consumption sites in prisons, so how can anyone be rehabilitated when they can get drugs in prison?

You get out of prison still an addict, no one wants to hire you because you just got released and how do you pay for your drugs to satisfy your addiction that continued while incarcerated? Crime . . .

Does this make any sense? There are effective treatment programs specifically for people like Phelony that have very low failure rates that treat addicts effectively, by dealing with the traumas.

She would have been a perfect candidate and it would have been cheaper for taxpayers. We really need to be implementing these programs that have won US Justice awards in the US and work better than our models and we have most of the elements in place to do that!

The costs of chronic addicts committing crimes can be as high $5 million per year!
“…separate paper released by Dr. Somers this week found that chronic criminal offenders with the highest overall use of public services incur costs totalling more than $5-million every year, yet see no meaningful signs of improvement….”

We are making all the same mistakes that BC has made and is making!