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Trafficking convictions net prison sentence

A Red Deer man was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to drug trafficking offences.

Marty Dickson, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of the proceeds of crime.

Federal Crown prosecutor Dave Inglis said Dickson was charged after the Red Deer City RCMP Street Team executed a search warrant at his home on Feb. 2, 2012.

Police found 24 grams of methamphetamine and three litres of GHB, known commonly as the date rape drug.

The street value of the drugs is $17,000. A digital scale, small plastic bags and $760 in cash was also seized.

Inglis said Dickson had been out on bail on other charges when his house was raided.

Inglis asked provincial court Judge Jim Mitchell for a sentence of three and a half years as part of a joint submission with defence lawyer Ryan Drury, of Victoria, B.C.

A number of other charges were dropped.

Drury said Dickson owned a small snow clearing and property maintenance business and had turned to selling drugs to support his own habit.

Since his arrest last February, he has been trying to turn his life around behind bars by taking advantage of being drug free to work out twice a day and plans to upgrade his working skills and participate in drug awareness programs.

Mitchell agreed to the joint sentencing submission and gave Dickson credit for 16 months of pre-sentence jail time, leaving him with 26 months to serve.

“It’s a sorry situation that brings you into this situation,” said the judge. “You are still relatively young and you can turn things around.”

Dickson was also given a 10-year weapons prohibition.

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