CORNER BROOK — A man police were waiting to arrest at Deer Lake Regional Airport, but got into more trouble after he was taken into custody and was found to be possessing drugs, was fined in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday afternoon.
Chad Simon, who turns 30 on Friday, was arrested by the RCMP at the airport upon his return from Alberta on Nov. 27, 2012.
A search of his person resulted in the seizure of 67 grams of marijuana. The current resident of Point au Mal in western Newfoundland was subject to conditions of an undertaking and a probation order at the time.
He entered guilty pleas to charges of possessing marijuana and reaching the two court orders when he appeared in court Tuesday. After federal Crown attorney Adam Joyce and provincial Crown prosecutor Lori St. Croix asked for fines totalling $1,750, defence counsel Gary Kearney indicated to the court that his client would have difficulty paying a fine and requested he be given a period of house arrest.
After considering the defence’s submission briefly, Judge Catherine Allen-Westby denied the request for a conditional sentence and fined Simon $1,500 on the drug charge, $250 for the breach of probation and gave him a year more of probation for the breach of the undertaking.