CORNER BROOK — One of two men arrested in a highway drug bust in western Newfoundland nearly three years ago has pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis marijuana for the purposes of trafficking.
Samuel William Lord, now 24, was arrested with Emmanuel Beck Rivest, who is now 22, after Royal Canadian Mounted Police Traffic Services West stopped an east bound vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway near Corner Brook in early December 2009.
After police found marijuana in their possession, a further search of the vehicle led to the seizure of around five kilograms of marijuana. The two men, both of whom are from the Ottawa area, were charged with trafficking and possession for the purposes of trafficking in marijuana.
The trafficking charge against Lord has been withdrawn by the Crown and a decision on how to proceed with the prosecution of Rivest will be made after Lord’s facts and sentencing hearing takes place on Jan. 22.