Drug sale suspect faces trial in 2016

Trial dates have been tentatively set for a Red Deer man accused of conspiring to sell drugs to benefit a criminal organization. Croft Monroe-Bowes, 35, was arraigned in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on charges laid on Dec. 12, 2012, following raids at a series of homes in Red Deer.

Trial dates have been tentatively set for a Red Deer man accused of conspiring to sell drugs to benefit a criminal organization.

Croft Monroe-Bowes, 35, was arraigned in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on charges laid on Dec. 12, 2012, following raids at a series of homes in Red Deer.

Monroe-Bowes, who is seeking a new lawyer, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to traffic cocaine to benefit a criminal organization, trafficking in cocaine to benefit a criminal organization, trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, careless use or storage of a .22-calibre rifle and careless use or storage of a .303-calibre rifle.

Monroe-Bowes, released in the summer of 2013 on $5,000 cash bail, was ordered to stand trial after a lengthy preliminary hearing in Red Deer provincial court in June. His trial has been set for April 25 to May 13, 2016.

Monroe-Bowes is to return to court on Oct. 6 to confirm that he has hired counsel and will be properly prepared for trial.

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