Stettler man gets one year house arrest for possessing drugs

Stettler man gets one year house arrest for possessing drugs

Police found a child’s toy with 14 grams of cocaine in trunk

A Stettler man was given 12 months house arrest for drug-related charges.

In a joint submission by crown and defence, Daniel C. Hamilton pleaded guilty to possession of drugs in Stettler provincial court Aug. 31. Charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking were dropped.

Federal prosecutor Gordon Hatch proceeded by way of indictable offence on the possession charge.

The charges against Hamilton stem from two separate incidents in 2016.

In the first incident in August 2016 police stopped Hamilton after recognizing him as a suspended driver. A small amount of marijuana and cocaine, as well as other drug paraphernalia, were found in his trunk.

Three weeks later there was a traffic stop on the same vehicle where more drugs were found. There was a different driver and Hamilton was the passenger.

Hatch told the court that in the trunk of the vehicle there was a child’s toy with a zipper on the back and inside there were 14 grams of cocaine, a scale to weigh drugs and individual baggies used for trafficking.

Defence said that Hamilton was on strict conditions since his arrest in 2016 and has kept them.

The judge sentenced Hamilton to one-year house arrest.