Deer Lake man's bail hearing set over to next week

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Derrick Cross of Deer Lake will remain in custody until a bail hearing on Aug. 12. He was arrested Saturday on a charge of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

A Deer Lake man charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking will remain in custody until next Tuesday.

Derrick Cross, 54, made a brief appearance before Judge Kymil Howe in provincial court in Corner Brook on Monday afternoon. He was arrested on Saturday after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police executed a search warrant at his home.

Police seized four and half pounds of marijuana during the search.

An RCMP officer present for Cross’s appearance said the seizure has a value of between $10,000 and $40,000 depending on how it is distributed.

A single gram of marijuana can sell for $20. With Cross allegedly having approximately 1,950 grams in his possession the value if sold by the gram would be $39,000.

The cost if sold by the pound can vary between $2,000 and $3,000, which would put the value for the four and quarter pounds seized at $12,750.

Cross is currently serving a one-year conditional sentence through house arrest on two drug related charges that was imposed in January. The current allegations against him mean he’ll also face a charge of breaching that sentence order.

His bail hearing on the possession and breach charges will be held on Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Cross is also scheduled to stand trial the next day on a separate charge of possessing a controlled drug or substance. It was not known during Monday’s appearance whether or not that trial will go ahead as Cross’s lawyer Bob Matthews said he would have to discuss it with the Crown attorney who has carriage of the file.

Complicating the matter for Cross is the fact that he is supposed to travel to St. John’s next week for a medical appointment.

While the nature of his medical issue was not disclosed in court, a medical condition has helped Cross avoid jail time in the past.

In August 2010, Cross was given a 15-month conditional sentence for possession for the purpose of trafficking and for breaching an undertaking after he was found with non-prescription drugs in his possession in September 2009.

It was noted at the time that maintaining continuity in his relationship with his physician would be in Cross’s best interests as his medical condition required close supervision.

Just a few months before in April 2010 he was fined $200 for a charge of simple drug possession.

His record also includes having been incarcerated for possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

Meanwhile, a 48-year-old woman also charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking following Saturday’s search was released from police custody and will appear in court on Oct 7.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Corner Brook

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