Court briefs – July 2

Scheduling difficulties for Crown witlessness has resulted in a compromised settlement for two men charged in a drug bust in early 2007.

Drug dealer gets conditional sentence

Scheduling difficulties for Crown witlessness has resulted in a compromised settlement for two men charged in a drug bust in early 2007.

Bradley James Turlock, 29, received a sentence of a year which will be served in the community after pleading guilty Monday to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

A similar charge against Adam Jason Bardenhagen, 26, was withdrawn by federal Crown prosecutor John Lee in Red Deer provincial court.

Both men from Red Deer were stopped on Feb. 6, 2007 in the afternoon for a traffic violation on Hwy 2 about 10 km south of Red Deer.

While investigating the offence RCMP found the vehicle contained about six kilograms of marijuana and $1,900 in cash.

Turlock must also pay $1,000 to the RCMP Drug Awareness and Resistance Education program (DARE) and is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms for 10 years.

The first four months of his conditional community sentence will be served under house arrest while the remainder will be subject to a curfew.

Plea reserved in robbery case

A man charged with robbing two Red Deer businesses in the last nine days reserved his plea Monday.

Andrew Harper, 31 of Red Deer returns to provincial court today to enter a plea on two armed robbery charges and single counts of obstructing a police officer and breaching conditions of a court order.

Harper remains in custody after he was arrested June 26 by a city RCMP officer performing enhanced foot patrol in downtown Red Deer.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer of city RCMP said Monday the officer was responding to a robbery call and noticed a man who is recognized from a police photo.

The suspect gave the officer a false name but a subsequent investigation revealed his true identity.

Harper is also charged with robbing the West Park Liquor Store on June 20 around 3 p.m.

The suspect used a knife and took an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled on a bicycle but a photograph was taken on a surveillance camera.

Drugs land former resident in U.S. jail

A former Red Deer man is serving a federal prison term in the United States after he was sentenced in May for conspiring to import more than a tonne of marijuana into that country.

David Allan Sidwell was sentenced to 40 months in jail on May 5 in a federal United States District Court in Spokane, Wash.

Tom Rice, first assistant United States District Attorney for the Eastern Washington District, said Wednesday Sidwell had been charged a few years ago but fled the country and returned to Canada.

Rice said Sidwell was a fugitive until he was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska and transported back to Spokane for prosecution.

Sidwell was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than a 1,000 kg of marijuana and trying to smuggle bulk cash into the United States.

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