By Shurtz, Delon on May 22, 2020.
If the Baggie sitting on the dashboard of a truck contained a ham and cheese sandwich, the police officer who pulled over the vehicle might not have been suspicious.
The Baggie, however, contained what looked like marijuana, and combined with the smell of marijuana emanating from the truck, the officer decided to search the vehicle.
That’s when he found 75 grams of methamphetamine.
The officer had pulled the truck over about 10:45 p.m. April 19 after he noticed it didn’t have a licence plate light, mudflaps or fenders over the rear wheels. While he was dealing with the occupants of the vehicle, the passenger, Carter Dylan Rains, gave the officer a false name.
The officer didn’t realize the name was fake until he took Rains to the police station and other officers recognized and identified the accused. After he was properly identified, police learned he had been previously released from custody on conditions he obey a curfew 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and report weekly to the police station, both of which he failed to do.
Rains pleaded guilty Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of obstructing a peace officer and two counts of failing to comply with release conditions. He was sentenced to 100 days in jail, but given credit for the equivalent of 48 days he had already spent in custody since his arrest, leaving him with 52 days to serve.
Lethbridge lawyer Wade Hlady told court Rains is dealing with substance abuse issues and the recent loss of a family member.
Rains returns to court in a week to speak to unrelated charges, including possession of stolen property over $5,000, flight from police, and assaulting a peace officer.
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