SUMMERSIDE – A Prince County man was sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Peter Todd Leger pleaded not guilty to the charge stemming from an incident on March 23.
Shortly before 3 a.m. on March 23, police attempted to make a routine check of a motor vehicle travelling on Route 2 by Slemon Park. The driver, identified as Legere, failed to stop and police followed the vehicle to Abram Village. A spike belt was placed across the roadway and Legere was eventually stopped and taken into custody on an impaired driving charge. Legere, however, passed a breathalyzer test and the charge was dropped.
The vehicle was towed to Summerside. The tow truck driver noticed a broken rear window on the vehicle and was covering it up when he saw an open green duffle bag on the back seat with a mason jar containing what appeared to be marijuana.
The police were notified and the bag was seized.
The substance was tested and proven to be a cannabis marijuana bud weighing 26.8 grams.
Also in the duffle bag, police seized a digital scale, several large and small plastic bags, a coffee grinder, a sheet with a list of names and numbers and a letter addressed to Legere.
RCMP Corporal Aaron Glode was presented as an expert witness in testifying to drug trafficking and drug pricing.
Glode testified that the items contained in the duffle bag were evidence that the marijuana was intended to be ground, weighed, bagged and sold.
The defence argued that taken separately, each of the items contained in the duffle bag had a legitimate purpose other than for use in trafficking drugs and that the amount of marijuana in question, 26.8 grams, was a small amount normally kept for personal use.
In handing down the sentence Judge Jeff Lantz said that if the marijuana was intended for personal use, the accused would not be carrying it around in bud form, along with a coffee grinder, a digital scale and baggies. He said it already would have been ground and prepared for his personal use.
In addition to the jail term for the possession with intent to traffic charge, Legere was sentenced to 30 days concurrent on failing to stop for a police officer and to seven days consecutive on an unrelated mischief charge.
Legere was also placed on 18 months probation and because of two previous possession with the intent to traffic charges, is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm for life.