Taser, drugs net dealer four years

A Blackfalds drug dealer was sentenced to about four more years in jail Friday after pleading guilty last month to drug trafficking, possessing crime proceeds and a Taser.

A Blackfalds drug dealer was sentenced to about four more years in jail Friday after pleading guilty last month to drug trafficking, possessing crime proceeds and a Taser.

Jason Richard Wedlund, 32, pleaded guilty on May 5 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.

Federal Crown prosecutor Dave Inglis told Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Laurie Smith of Edmonton that Wedlund had previous convictions for drug trafficking and received a two-year term in 2004.

Inglis said on Nov. 9, 2007 in Blackfalds RCMP 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.

A cash counting machine was also discovered.

Inglis said the offences deserved a sentence of 5 1/2 years in jail but Wedlund should get credit for the guilty pleas and some pre-trial custody.

Wedlund received credit for four months in pre-trial custody leaving him a sentence of three years and 11 months.

He’s also banned for life from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition and must surrender a sample of his DNA to the national data bank. The $11,500, the Taser and counting machine were forfeited to the Crown.

Sabrina Jaye Armeneau, 30, was also to be sentenced but her lawyer Michael Scrase said she was just admitted to Alberta Hospital Ponoka this week.

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

A warrant for her arrest was issued to ensure the moment she’s released from hospital she reports to police.

Armeneau had no record.

jwilson@bprda.wpengine.com

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