Central Alberta man jailed for assault on police, drugs

A Central Alberta man has asked to be taken as far away from Red Deer as practical after pleading guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday to assaulting police officers and numerous counts of possessing drugs for trafficking.

A Central Alberta man has asked to be taken as far away from Red Deer as practical after pleading guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday to assaulting police officers and numerous counts of possessing drugs for trafficking.

Aaron James Olson, 31, was sentenced to four years and 10 months, minus credit for time served, after pleading guilty to two sets of drugs charges as well as charges that he assaulted police while attempting to avoid arrest.

Calgary-based Judge Judy Shriar accepted a sentence recommendation by defence counsel Will Willms and Crown prosecutors Wayne Silliker and Dave Inglis, including a request that Olson serve his sentence outside Alberta and preferable in B.C.

Willms said the request was based on his client’s desire to be moved away from local influences that have lured him into the drug world he has been trying to escape. Terms of an earlier release had included a condition banning him from entering Red Deer city limits, said Willms. However, that condition was breached when Olson was found back in Red Deer and still involved in the drug business.

Inglis said Olson was arrested on June 5, 2013 by undercover members of the Red Deer RCMP Street Team, who found him in possession of 13 grams of crack cocaine, three grams of methamphetamine and 48 oxycodone pills along with $1,138 in cash.

The cash discovered in the search included $100 of the $200 undercover investigators had used to buy drugs from a dealer who had taken them to a mall parking lot to connect with her suppliers.

Released on a recognizance, Olson was arrested again on Jan. 30 of this year by police called to investigate a domestic assault. The two officers sent to investigate found him sitting in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck outside of his father’s house. They were standing beside the open door of the truck when Olson put it into reverse and accelerated, striking them both. While neither officer was hurt, there was potential for serious injury to both, said Silliker.

Olson was also charged with breaching release conditions.

Further drug charges were laid on Feb. 15 when Olson was arrested on outstanding warrants.

A search of his backpack uncovered a plastic bag full of smaller bags containing a variety of drugs, including 48 grams of powder cocaine, 61.8 grams of crack cocaine and 53.2 grams of methamphetamine, said Inglis.

He and Silliker advised Shriar that a large number of the charges against Olson would be withdrawn upon the court’s acceptance of guilty pleas.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of possession for trafficking, one count of possessing the proceeds of crime and two counts of breaching release conditions. At the request of Crown and defence, Shriar gave him five months credit for the five months he has served in remand, with four years and five months remaining on his sentence.

She ordered that he provide a sample of his DNA for the national database, banned him for 10 years from owning firearms, weapons and explosives and recommended that he serve his time in B.C.

bkossowan@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Johnson & Johnson via AP
What you need to know about Johnson & Johnson’s approved single-dose vaccine

Canada added a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to its pandemic-fighting arsenal on Friday,… Continue reading

FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore. YouTube on Friday, March 5, 2021, said it has removed five channels run by Myanmar’s military for violating its community guidelines and terms of service. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
YouTube cancels Myanmar military-run channels, pulls videos

YouTube monitoring the situation for any content that might violate rules

Statistics Canada’s offices in Ottawa are shown on Friday, March 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Canada posts $1.4B trade surplus for January, first surplus since May 2019

Total imports increased in January to $49.8 billion

The wreckage of a fatal crash involving a semi-truck and the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus near Tisdale, Sask., is seen on Saturday, April, 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Court to hear arguments on delay in Broncos lawsuit for proposed class action

11 lawsuits have been filed by victims and their families

Bryson, six, and Mara, eight, play with puppies from Dogs With Wings Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
WATCH: Dogs With Wings introduces Red Deer program

A program that trains puppies to be certified service, autism, facility and… Continue reading

Team Canada third John Morris follows as second Carter Rycroft (right) and lead Nolan Thiessen (left) sweep his rock during round robin competition against Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the Brier curling championship, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Champions at The Brier list

Brier champions since the inception of the Canadian men’s curling championship in… Continue reading

FILE - This Jan. 22, 2013 file photo shows Martin Bashir at the EA SimCity Learn. Build. Create. Inauguration After-Party, in Washington. British police said Thursday March 4, 2021, that they will not launch a criminal investigation into the journalist Martin Bashir over his 1995 interview with the late Princess Diana. (Photo by Nick Wass/Invision/AP, File)
UK police won’t probe journalist over 1995 Diana interview

Diana’s brother alleged Bashir used false documents to convince Diana

Dillon Dube scores hat trick for Flames in 7-3 win over Senators

Dillon Dube scores hat trick for Flames in 7-3 win over Senators

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp gives instructions during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Phil Noble, Pool via AP)
Liverpool slumps to historic 5th straight loss at Anfield

Liverpool slumps to historic 5th straight loss at Anfield

Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Flyers rally from early deficit to stun Penguins 4-3

Flyers rally from early deficit to stun Penguins 4-3

Most Read