Man accepts responsibility for drug

He wasn't the one caught with the drug, but a Kamloops man pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court Monday to simple possession of cocaine.

Steven Insua, 28, was initially charged with trafficking along with his friend, Donald Lefebvre.

The pair was driving in Valleyview on Nov. 15, 2011, when a police officer pulled them over. He found Lefebvre in possession of five grams of cocaine worth about $160.

Insua, who has two previous drug convictions, has had a lengthy struggle with addiction, said defence lawyer Fred Kaatz. His client had undergone treatment and managed to hold down a job for a year before he fell off the wagon.

Insua is committed to following through with additional treatment and counseling for his addiction, Kaatz noted.

Crown had difficulty demonstrating its case until Insua took full responsibility. Justice Richard Blair said it was fair and appropriate to give the man another chance to get off drugs.

"It's the only thing I'm focusing on," Insua told the judge.

He was given a conditional sentence of one year's probation, during which he must report to a probation officer and undergo treatment.

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