Charges pile up for drug trafficker

A man busted for drug trafficking about a year ago in Red Deer was out on bail for similar charges at the time, court heard on Monday.

A man busted for drug trafficking about a year ago in Red Deer was out on bail for similar charges at the time, court heard on Monday.

Jason Eldon Anderson, 28, of Calgary, will be sentenced on four counts of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime and one count of failing to comply with conditions, after pleading guilty on Monday in provincial court.

Anderson will be sentenced on April 29 following preparation of a pre-sentence report.

He was to have a trial on Monday but changed his plea.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of $1,710 in cash, classified as the proceeds of crime. It was forfeited to the Crown.

Several other charges, including possession of stun or Taser gun, were withdrawn.

Federal Crown prosecutor Dave Inglis said that on Feb. 6, 2009, RCMP from three detachments executed a search warrant on Nance Street and seized drugs, cash and drug equipment.

Police seized between 500 to 700 ecstasy tablets, 1.5 kg of marijuana and drug debt sheets.

At the time, Anderson was free on bail stemming from an Oct. 8, 2008, drug bust at the same residence. In that bust police seized 192 ecstasy pills, 1.5 kg of marijuana, $1,710 in cash and drug debt sheets.

Inglis told Judge John Holmes that Anderson didn’t have a record.

Meanwhile, a former Red Deer man who was busted in the Oct. 8, 2008, raid received a community-based jail sentence more than a year ago.

Hendrick Andre, 26, who now lives in Fort McMurray, was handed an 18-month conditional sentence after pleading guilty to possession of 192 ecstasy pills and 1.5 kg of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Andre was ordered to serve nine months under house arrest and the other nine months under a curfew.

He also surrendered a sample of his DNA and is prohibited from owning firearms, ammunition and explosives for 10 years.

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