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Justin Levesque, left, and Colin Robichaud, both from New Brunswick, arrive in provincial court in Corner Brook moments before Robichaud entered guilty pleas to drug charges and Levesque had all charges against him withdrawn Thursday afternoon.
A New Brunswick man, arrested while transporting cocaine and marijuana on the Trans-Canada Highway near Deer Lake this past winter, was sentenced to 30 months in prison during a court appearance in Corner Brook Thursday.
Colin Robichaud, 31, was one of two men arrested March 12 after an RCMP officer noticed the back licence plate of the car the men were driving had been covered up.
During the traffic stop, the officer noted the men had rolled down all the windows in the car, even though the temperature was -7C at the time. The officer also noticed a smell of marijuana emanating from the car and suspected the men were attempting to air out the vehicle.
The officer also observed what appeared to be an excessive amount of luggage for two men who told the officer they were just heading to St. John’s for a few days.
The traffic stop eventually led to a search of the car which turned up a little more than half a kilogram of cocaine and nearly six kilograms of marijuana. Multiple cell phones were also seized from the vehicle, which was registered in the name of the second man’s mother.
Both Robichaud and the second man, Justin Louis Levesque, were charged with four drug offences each and held in custody since their arrest.
The Crown had agreed to their release on $10,000 bonds, but the men were never able to post the money that would have set them free while their matters were being dealt with.
When both men appeared before Judge Wayne Gorman in provincial court in Corner Brook
Thursday, Robichaud entered guilty pleas to possessing cocaine for the purposes of trafficking and possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking.
The other two charges against Robichaud — two counts of trafficking — and all four charges against Levesque were then withdrawn by Crown attorney Adam Joyce.
Levesque was escorted from the docket and released from custody.
In a joint submission on sentencing agreed to by both Joyce and Robichaud’s lawyer, Brian Duffy, the Crown asked for 18 months in prison on the cocaine charge and 12 more months for the marijuana offence.
Gorman endorsed the joint submission and also agreed with giving Robichaud a credit of 171 days served for the 114 days he had already spent in custody.