Man accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into jail

A man charged with trying to smuggle drugs into the Remand Centre with a rope fashioned out of bedsheets will have a preliminary hearing in June.

A man charged with trying to smuggle drugs into the Remand Centre with a rope fashioned out of bedsheets will have a preliminary hearing in June.

David Joseph Ellison, 31, of Red Deer faces three counts of trafficking drugs in connection with the incident last July at the downtown remand centre.

Police were called to a possible escape at the facility, where a smashed window on the north side was discovered. A rope made of bedsheets was dangling from the window to within 30 cm of the pavement.

An investigation determined the rope was being used to smuggle cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana and tobacco into the centre.

A preliminary hearing on the charges has been set for June 17.

Ellison also faces drugs and weapons charges in connection with an RCMP bust on a residence in August. His next court date on those charges is Feb. 17 in Red Deer.