Bail denied for accused in drug case

Bail was denied on Thursday morning for a Red Deer man accused of failing to comply with conditions in connection with a major drug bust in June 2011.

Bail was denied on Thursday morning for a Red Deer man accused of failing to comply with conditions in connection with a major drug bust in June 2011.

A bail hearing was held in Red Deer provincial court for the man, who was ordered not to consume alcohol as part of his conditions.

Christopher Vanoverbeke, 30, was charged on June 29, 2011, with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and single counts of possession of property obtained by crime, and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking.

Red Deer City RCMP seized drugs with an estimated street value of about $150,000.

The majority of drugs were discovered in a storage locker, police said.

Police found more than one kg of marijuana, a quantity of psilocybin (magic mushrooms), about 2,500 tablets of ecstasy, plus a large amount of MDMA, which is the active ingredient in ecstasy.

More than $4,800 in cash was also seized.

Vanoverbeke was let go on cash bail following his 2011 arrest, along with co-accused Nigel Eatmon, 27, of Red Deer.

Eatmon was also charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

Vanoverbeke will head to trial from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 in connection with the drug charges.

Eatmon will be at a pre-trial conference on July 30.

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