Sentencing hearing for trucker set to late September

Cory Hurley
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A sentencing hearing has been set for a trucker convicted of trafficking drugs and carrying contraband while delivering playground equipment about two years ago.

Wayne Scott Winsor was arrested at the Pynn’s Brook weigh scales Oct. 23, 2012 after police received a tip from a paid informant. The long haul trucker from this province had been driving from Ontario with playground equipment for the Town of Gambo.

Marijuana, methamphetamine and contraband tobacco (cigarettes and cigars) were found throughout the transport truck. After a trial earlier this month, Judge Wayne Gorman convicted Winsor of possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possessing contraband and possessing unstamped tobacco products.

Monday, provincial Crown attorney Trina Simms requested a postponement in sentencing as the Crown was researching the range of fines in relation to contraband cigars.

Defence lawyer Bob Matthews requested a pre-sentence report.

Federal Crown attorney Donald Singleton was not available for a number of dates throughout September and October, and Gorman said he would be away for some time after October. As Singleton attempted to explain the federal Crown was short-staffed, the judge said he was not willing to have a lengthy delay. He told Singleton either himself or a colleague would have to be available in September or October.

After further discussions, the morning of Sept. 30 was scheduled for the sentencing hearing. Winsor was not present in court Monday.

Geographic location: Ontario, Gambo

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