Drug conspiracy trial details painstaking police investigation

Stephen Brun
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SUMMERSIDE – The trial of an alleged drug trafficking conspirator continued this week in Summerside’s Supreme Court, with the Crown outlining the painstaking police work that went into building the case.

Prince County Courthouse.

Adam Troy Gaudet, 42, of Deblois, is charged with conspiracy to traffic the prescription painkiller hydromorphone, and possession of thedrug for the purpose of trafficking.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the trial before Justice Gordon Campbell is scheduled to run until Nov. 9.

Six people from P.E.I., two from New Brunswick and one from Nova Scotia were charged with the conspiracy, which allegedly involved the off-Island purchase of the pills and their distribution to street-level drug dealers.

Gaudet is the only accused to plead not guilty to the charges, while the others have either been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing.

Over the last two days, Crown attorneys have called police officers that participated in the investigation, which is alleged to have taken place between December 2009 and April 2010.

The testimony outlined police surveillance on several co-conspirators in the lead up to the arrests, but most of the evidence did not pertain directly to Gaudet’s alleged involvement.

Gaudet is representing himself at the trial after telling the court Monday he couldn’t afford to pay his lawyer.

The Crown’s witnesses continue their testimony Friday.   

Geographic location: Deblois, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

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