Man charged with smuggling drugs into Remand Centre wants trial

A man charged in two separate incidents of drug trafficking and drug smuggling wants to have trials on both sets of charges.

A man charged in two separate incidents of drug trafficking and drug smuggling wants to have trials on both sets of charges.

David Joseph Ellison, 31, of Red Deer returns to provincial court on Jan. 13 to set dates for the preliminary hearings.

In one incident, Ellison is charged with smuggling drugs into the Remand Centre using bedsheets as a rope. He faces three counts of drug trafficking in that incident.

Police said they responded on July 15 to a complaint of a possible escape from a window on the centre’s north side.

A window had been smashed and a rope made from bedsheets went out the window, dangling about 30 cm above the pavement.

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

Ellison is also charged with several drug trafficking and possession charges following an RCMP bust of a residence in August.

Tagging along with those charges is a sentencing for being in possession of stolen art pieces.

Ellison was convicted of being in possession of two valuable Michael Goddard works following a trial in August.

He was also convicted of failing to appear in court.

Ellison remains in custody.