Drug matter against Quebec men to go to preliminary inquiry

Cory Hurley
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It will be more than a year later, but two Quebec men charged in an alleged highway drug bust in western Newfoundland will go through a preliminary inquiry.

The hearing to determine whether the evidence is sufficient to warrant the matter going to trial will be held Oct. 20 in provincial court in Corner Brook.

Edmond Leonard, 61, and Benoit Duranceau, 45, both from Rigaud, Que. were arrested Aug. 29 following a traffic stop west of Corner Brook on the Trans-Canada Highway. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported finding 55 pounds of marijuana and one kilogram of hashish from the vehicle they were driving.

Both were charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of trafficking and one count of possession under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

A french-english interpreter was also requested for the preliminary inquiry for the two men represented by a lawyer from their home province.

Leonard and Duranceau were released on recognizances and $5,000 cash deposits each.

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Geographic location: Quebec, Newfoundland, Rigaud Corner Brook

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