Alleged cocaine traffickers released on bail

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Gerald Morrissey, left, speaks with his lawyer Rob Ash in provincial court on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. His co-accused Levi Gould is seen at right. Both men were released on bail Wednesday, Nov. 21.

CORNER BROOK — Two men charged in a cocaine bust earlier this month were granted bail in provincial court in Corner Brook on Wednesday.

Levi Gould, 51, of Corner Brook and Gerald Morrissey, 65, of Acton, Ont. are each facing charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine in relation to an incident that occurred in the city on Nov. 6.

They are also charged with conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and trafficking in cocaine between Nov. 4 and Nov. 14, 2011.

Gould is also facing a charge of failure to comply with the conditions of an undertaking that occurred on Nov. 6. The undertaking was put in place in December 2011 following his arrest on charges of assault, assault with a weapon and dangerous driving.

Morrissey is also charged with driving while disqualified. That charge stems from an incident that occurred on Aug. 24.

As part of his release conditions, Gould had to agree to a personal $85,000 non-cash bond, and another individual agreed to a $10,000 non-cash surety. He has to reside at a residence in John’s Beach and is not allowed to travel outside the province.

Morrissey had to post a $10,000 cash surety and a $100,000 non-cash bond. He has to reside in his home in Ontario and is only allowed to travel to attend court.

Both men are also required to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, report to their local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment once a week, refrain from the use of alcohol, not possess, consume or traffic in any illegal substance and refrain from any contact with each other except through their lawyer.

Morrissey was also ordered to surrender his passport.

The two men will be back in court on Jan. 8, 2013.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Geographic location: Corner Brook, John, Ontario

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