Court briefs – November 19

Two men charged with possession of $10,000 worth of copper wire and a quantity of drugs reserved their pleas in provincial court on Wednesday.

Drug dealer jailed

A man busted in a major drug and weapons haul more than a year ago in Blackfalds has been jailed.

Hector Quijada, 27, of Red Deer was sentenced to two years in a federal prison on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty last month in Red Deer provincial court.

Quijada was convicted of possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property.

During the bust in July 2008 at a Blackfalds residence, RCMP seized 12 kg of drugs, loaded weapons, including an assault rifle, and thousands of dollars in cash.

The drugs were valued at about $200,000, police said at the time.

When RCMP raided the residence, they seized 11.36 kg of marijuana, .7 kg of powdered cocaine, .5 kg of crack cocaine and $65,000 in cash.

Police also seized a loaded AK 47 assault rifle, loaded .357 magnum handgun and a sawed-off .12-gauge shotgun.

Shane Clifford White, 24, of Blackfalds was jailed for more than seven years earlier this year after pleading guilty to several charges as a result of the bust.

Quijada’s sentence was a joint submission worked out by federal Crown prosecutor Dave Inglis and defence lawyer Michael Scrase.

Judge Jim Hunter agreed with the lawyers and said the length was within the range of sentencing options available based on the guilty plea.

Quijada must also surrender a sample of his DNA and is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, ammunition and explosives for 10 years.

Men found with wire, drugs reserve pleas

Two men charged with possession of $10,000 worth of copper wire and a quantity of drugs reserved their pleas in provincial court on Wednesday.

Robert Bourque, 40, of Campbell River, B.C., is charged with break-and-enter, theft, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of a controlled substance.

Bert Zwicker, 48, from Edmonton, is charged with break-and-enter, theft and possession of stolen property of more than $5,000. Both remain in custody and return to court Nov. 25.

Lacombe police said Wednesday that about 2:30 a.m. on Monday, a Lacombe officer observed a van leaving an industrial area in southeast Lacombe.

The officer checked the van and its two occupants and discovered about $10,000 in copper wire inside the vehicle. The officer also found an undisclosed amount of marijuana and methamphetamine.

An investigation revealed two Lacombe businesses in the industrial area had been broken into and the copper wire stolen.

Robbery suspect liked vodka

A man charged with several robberies and an alleged thirst for a certain brand of vodka reserved his plea on a dozen charges on Wednesday.

Andrew James Forseth, 28, of Red Deer returns to Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday to enter pleas.

He was charged in connection with a pair of robberies at a West Park gas station in early November.

The first robbery occurred at 12:42 a.m. on Nov. 2 at the Fas Gas gas station in the 4300 block of 55th Avenue.

Police said a lone male entered the station and demanded cash from the clerk, suggesting he had a firearm.

The clerk complied and the man left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The second robbery happened about three hours later.

This time, a lone man demanded cash and cigarettes from the clerk.

The suspect left again with an undisclosed amount of both.

No one was injured in the incidents. Red Deer RCMP identified a suspect shortly after.

Forseth is charged with six counts of robbery, one count of flight from police, two counts of theft of less than $5,000, two counts of failing to appear in court and two counts of failing to comply with court orders.

Three thefts involve the same brand of vodka from a Deer Park liquor store on Nov. 3 and Nov. 9.

Forseth is also charged with robbing the Eastview Express 24 on Erickson Drive while armed with a knife on Nov. 4 about 7:20 a.m.

Jail for fatal crash

A 15-month jail sentence was issued to a Leduc man on Wednesday for a crash that killed a Red Deer man more than two years ago.

Daniel Cartier, 37, was sentenced in Grande Prairie provincial court.

Cartier will also be on probation for two years following his jail term.

Jordan Robinson, 25, died when the truck he was riding in rolled near Grande Prairie on Oct. 30, 2007.

The other passengers in the vehicle suffered various injuries, including one woman who had a broken neck.

Cartier pleaded guilty earlier this year to drunk driving causing death and bodily harm.

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