Cocaine trafficking nets conditional sentence

A former Rimbey woman received a community-based sentence on Friday after pleading guilty to trafficking in cocaine.

A former Rimbey woman received a community-based sentence on Friday after pleading guilty to trafficking in cocaine.

Robyn Vallerie Renshaw, 24, pleaded guilty to a single count of trafficking and to breaching a court order by failing to report to Rimbey RCMP once.

Possession of stolen property, possession of a drug and another trafficking charge were withdrawn.

Renshaw received a 16-month conditional sentence with the first five months served under house arrest and the remainder under a nightly curfew.

She is only allowed to leave home to work and perform the necessities of life.

Federal Crown prosecutor John Lee told court that Renshaw was busted last April 1 when RCMP suspected drug dealing at a Rimbey residence and executed a search warrant.

The main subject of the investigation was arrested upstairs in the residence and charged.

Police then started searching the basement of the residence. When they opened the door to one bedroom, they discovered Renshaw and another woman snorting a line of cocaine.

Lee said they apparently hadn’t heard the commotion upstairs when the police burst in.

Police found two grams of cocaine in Renshaw’s purse and a cellphone containing numerous text messages from drug clients.

Lee said Renshaw told police the amounts were all small and she made little or no profit, although $300 in cash was seized from her purse.

She told police she was dealing for the woman upstairs.

Defence lawyer Kevin Schollie said the trafficking was on the low end of the scale and his client should receive the community-based sentence.

He said his client has since moved from Rimbey.

Renshaw was fined $100 as a surcharge on the trafficking and $100 on the court order breach.

She must also perform 60 hours of community service and is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and explosives for 10 years. She must also surrender a sample of her DNA to authorities.

Ashley Snook of Rimbey returns to Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Tuesday to enter a plea on various drug trafficking charges.

jwilson@bprda.wpengine.com

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