Man sentenced 60 days for drug charges | DrumhellerMail
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Man sentenced 60 days for drug charges

    A man received a 60-day sentence after being caught with drugs outside a bar in Hanna.     Dustin Burgess appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, January 21. He pleaded guilty to possession for the purposes of trafficking and two counts of simple possession.
    The court heard how on August 15 of last year, RCMP, during a routine patrol, noticed a group of people standing outside a bar. When they approached, they noticed a person place a black bag under a motor vehicle. A search of the bag revealed marijuana, a scale and a bundle of cash, as well as a book that contained names and phone numbers.
    Burgess took responsibility for the bag. When he was searched, police found another small quantity of marijuana and some cocaine.
    Federal prosecutor Colin Kloot alleged there was 60 grams of marijuana and less than a gram of cocaine seized.
    Defense for Burgess, Gary Wood told the court Burgess admits to a serious cocaine problem and was selling the marijuana to feed his habit. At the time of his arrest, he had no previous record. Wood requested a presentence be completed before passing sentence. Kloot countered that a presentence report would be unnecessary as the primary sentencing principle for a drug charge is deterrence and denunciation.
    Judge Grieve sentenced Burgess to 60 days in custody, followed by one year of probation. He received a fine of $500 for the possession charges.

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