Preliminary inquiry set for men charged with drug offences

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Two men charged with drug offences stemming from a cocaine bust in early November 2012 will have their matters go to a preliminary inquiry to see if they should be committed to stand trial.

Levi Gould of Corner Brook and Gerald Morrissey of Acton, Ont. are both charged with two counts each of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and single counts of trafficking in cocaine.

Gould, 52, is also charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking and with breaching a court order.  Morrissey, 66, also has an outstanding count of driving while disqualified before the court.

In provincial court in Corner Brook Wednesday, both men elected to be tried by judge alone in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on the drug offences. Before the matters go to the higher court, the provincial court will have to decide to commit them to stand trial or not.

The three-day preliminary inquiry has been set for  July 7-9.

The charges not related to the drug bust will also be called at that time for election and pleas.

Gould and Morrissey were arrested in a vehicle in a parking lot on Beothuck Crescent in Corner Brook on Nov. 6, 2012. Members of the RCMP/RNC Joint Forces Drug Section seized 945 grams, roughly two pounds, of cocaine during the arrest.

Organizations: Supreme Court, RCMP, RNC Joint Forces Drug Section

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

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