The Court Report: November 1 edition

by Keith Corcoran

Admits to drug charges. A Queens County man recently admitted to drug charges against him stemming from a Bridgewater traffic stop last December. Glen Franklyn Mansfield, 49, of Harmony Mills pleaded guilty October 20 to possessing hydromorphone, methamphetamine, methylphenidate and marijuana for the purposes of trafficking. Acting on a tip that Mansfield was selling pills, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle December 7 on King Street and seized "hundreds of pills," Crown prosecutor Josh Bryson said. Mansfield also admitted to selling one gram of cannabis marijuana at a cost of $10 to a person working undercover for the police in July. That drug trafficking charge is connected to Operation Halse, which was a three-month police probe targeting drug dealers selling prescription pills and cocaine in Lunenburg County. That operation yielded 11 arrests in October and resulted in numerous charges. Mansfield is scheduled for sentencing in January.

Possessed 64 grams of marijuana. A Lunenburg County teen smiled and acknowledged his first time before the court was "not too bad" as he was fined $650 and placed on six months probation for possessing 64 grams of cannabis marijuana. Lucas Nash Zinck, 19, made the comment to Judge Cathy Benton, who asked the question of the Branch LaHave man during provincial court proceedings October 18. Zinck was behind the wheel of a vehicle in September that was stopped at a Hebbville checkpoint where police noted an odour of fresh marijuana emanating from the auto. A search yielded the discovery of 64 grams of marijuana, along with a container and grinder and $80 cash.

Over the limit. A 34 year old Tancook Island area man admitted October 18 to operating a motor vessel with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Justin Dennis Cross, 34, registered breathalyser readings of 110 and 100 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood in July when police were conducting boat patrols in Chester. The legal limit is 80. Cross was fined $1,300 and cannot operate a motor vessel in Canada for a one year period. James Charles Leopold, 65, of Newcombville pleaded guilty October 18 to failing the breathalyser after he registered readings of 130 and two of 100 following a traffic stop in August. He cannot drive a motor vehicle in Canada for one year and was also fined $1,300. Andrew William Wamback, 29, of New Germany also admitted October 18 to an impaired driving-related charge of having a blood alcohol level over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood in September when his off-highway vehicle was involved in a crash. His breathalyser readings were 160 and 140. Wamback was fined $1,560 and prohibited from driving in Canada for one year. A Simms Settlement man was fined $1,950 and received a one year Canada wide driving prohibition October 18 after he failed the breathalyser in June. Jerry Blaine Harnish, 36, registered two readings of 180 after the vehicle he was driving initially missed a driveway and drove into a ditch.

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