Thursday July 10, 2014

No Groupon for this group buy

A driver caught with $2,000 worth of pot and nearly $1,000 in cash inside his car received a suspended sentence Monday.

Sheldon Slack, 23, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. A charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking was dropped by the Crown in return for the guilty plea.

Federal prosecutor Anthony Varesi said Slack was stopped by police Oct. 30 at a speed trap on Halston Bridge. He was going more than 100 km/h in a 70-km/h zone.

Varesi said there was an "overpowering odour" of marijuana coming from Slack's Ford Mustang. A search found a shoebox and bags of marijuana on the front seat totaling nearly 500 grams, for an estimated value of $2,000.

Defence lawyer Sheldon Tate said Slack "got caught holding the bag, as it were" after he was transporting marijuana purchased with friends as a group buy.

Judge Len Marchand agreed with a joint submission from the two lawyers asking for a suspended sentence, along with nine months probation and 25 hours of community work service.

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