Drug dealers with Taser convicted

A pair of Blackfalds drug dealers caught with several thousand dollars worth of drugs, cash and a Taser, pleaded guilty in Red Deer court on Tuesday.

A pair of Blackfalds drug dealers caught with several thousand dollars worth of drugs, cash and a Taser, pleaded guilty in Red Deer court on Tuesday.

Jason Richard Wedlund and Sabrina Jaye Armeneau, both age 30, will be sentenced on June 5.

They admitted, in Court of Queen’s Bench, to possessing after pleading guilty to drugs and a weapon.

They had been both scheduled to stand trial this week before changing their pleas.

Wedlund pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, which was $11,500 in cash, and possession of the Taser stun gun, a prohibitive weapon.

Armeneau pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and marijuana both for the purpose of trafficking.

Federal Crown prosecutor Dave Inglis told court that Red Deer RCMP from the city and rural subdivisions including the emergency response team, acting on a tip, executed a search warrant at a mobile home in Blackfalds on Nov. 9, 2007.

Inglis told Justice Laurie Smith that the police discovered 190 grams of cocaine hidden in a bedroom closet hole above the door, along with the Taser.

The cocaine at the time was estimated to be worth between $15,000 to $20,000, depending on how it was sold.

Another 80 grams of cocaine was found around the home and in a nearby vehicle.

They found the $11,500 in cash in a locked locker and several vials of hashish oil.

They also found 233 grams of marijuana, valued at between $2,000 to $2,500.

Inglis said in their statements to police, both accused admitted to drug trafficking.

He said a troubling aspect was that the Taser was tested and found in good working order.

There was no explanation how Wedlund gained possession of the weapon.

Sentencing was adjourned to allow the accused “to put their affairs in order,” defence lawyers John MacNaughton and Michael Scrase said.

Smith heard Wedlund has a criminal record while Armeneau had no record.

Scrase said he is pursuing a possible application for a conditional sentence for Armeneau.

The conditional sentence would be served in the community and include some form of house arrest and other conditions.

Smith said a conditional sentence is something she is obliged to consider.

jwilson@bprda.wpengine.com

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