Drug cases stir concern

Legal representation continues to be an issue for four drug trafficking suspects who are all represented by members of the same law firm.

Legal representation continues to be an issue for four drug trafficking suspects who are all represented by members of the same law firm.

Red Deer residents Ronald Allen Rue, 43, and Christina Charachuk, 49, were arrested along with Delburne residents Christina Graham, 26, and Jerod Fedoruk, 29, by members of Red Deer City RCMP’s combined forces special enforcement unit, on charges of trafficking drugs, possession of drugs for trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Police allege seizing 6.3 kilograms of marijuana, 28 grams of cocaine, cash and items associated with drug trafficking during a raid on May 16.

All four suspects have been released pending the outcome of court proceedings against them.

In Red Deer provincial court on Thursday, Crown prosecutor Dave Inglis expressed concern that all four suspects are represented by either of two Edmonton lawyers, Patrick Fagan and his daughter, Kaysi Fagan. Inglis told Judge Bert Skinner that he is concerned about potential conflicts in legal representation as the case against the four suspects moves forward.

Red Deer lawyers attended court with the four on Thursday, acting as agents for the Fagans.

All four suspects are to return to court on Tuesday to confirm their legal representation and enter pleas.

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