SUMMERSIDE — A 40-year-old city man caught with three high-dose hydromorphone capsules was fined Thursday in Summerside provincial court.
Prince County Courthouse.
Faren Bruce Reeves pleaded guilty to the drug possession charge.
On July 18, acting on a tip, the Prince District Joint Forces Operation Drug Unit stopped Reeves’ vehicle in Summerside. He and a female passenger were arrested in suspicion of possessing hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking.
Reeves told police that when he saw them approaching, he shoved three ‘Big Red’ hydromorphone capsules between the car’s console and the seat.
Police searched the car and found the pills.
A search was also done of Reeves’ home and turned up nothing.
He was on probation at the time after serving a 16-month sentence for possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking.
Reeves was also convicted in 2005 of drug possession.
Crown attorney Matt MacFarlane said, given Reeves’ related previous record, a brief period of time behind bars was warranted.
Defence attorney Trish Cheverie disagreed.
She said her client has cleaned himself up since the incident and is working full-time and suggested a fine would be appropriate.
Judge Jeff Lantz agreed with Cheverie, imposing a $700 fine and a $105 victim surcharge..