Bail denied to accused in drug trafficking case

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A judge has denied bail to a man accused of trafficking cocaine and crystal methamphetamine as well as fleeing from police.

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Judge H. Harradence denied release to the accused on primary and secondary grounds on Tuesday, deeming it necessary to retain the accused in custody to ensure his attendance in court and protect the public.

The case has been adjourned until Monday, March 17 at Prince Albert Provincial Court.

Explaining his decision, Harradence cited the nature of the charges and the circumstances of the offence.

As described to the court, on Dec. 23 police received information that a specific minivan was carrying drugs. Locating the vehicle in question, police activated their emergency equipment and identified themselves.

The driver disregarded a police blockade, after which a chase ensued. Eventually the vehicle drove into a ditch. While a female remained in the vehicle, the driver led police on a foot chase into the bush for 500 to 600 metres before being apprehended.

Packages found in the vehicle were suspected to contain drugs. Police reported seizing 505 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 279 grams of soft cocaine and 83 grams of crack cocaine during the investigation.

The Crown highlighted statements by the female defendant that the pair had been in Calgary and Saskatoon earlier on the day of their arrests, and that she told the driver to stop for police but was told to shut up.

Arguing for his release, the defence said he had both a place to stay and a hairdresser job lined up in Saskatoon, that he would attend counselling and abide by any conditions set for his release.

Harradence said the fact that he had committed the offence while on probation meant that no cash bail could guarantee public safety.

Ryan Connell, 32, has been charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight -- also known as failing to stop for police -- and breach of probation.

Meanwhile, the female accused in the case was due to enter a plea in provincial court on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Her case has since been adjourned to Tuesday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Taylor Vandresar, 20, has been charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

See also:

Accused in drug trafficking case enters plea negotiations

Police offer more details on recent drug bust

Organizations: Prince Albert Provincial Court

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