Pleas adjourned for drug bust individuals

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - Four individuals charged in a nine-person drug bust in February made their first court appearance yesterday morning.

The four individuals - Allan Daniel Maddison, Donald Lewis Alick, John Francis Leightizer Casey and Terry Norman Patterson - all had their matters adjourned for four weeks.

Jill Hartlen, federal crown prosecutor, said she has the disclosure in her possession to pass along to those charged and their counsel, however it could take the rest of the week before it gets sent off.

"I have to review the disclosure first," she said, adding she received the information on Saturday.

"I hope to review that later (Monday) or (Tuesday)."

Maddison, Alick and Casey are facing cocaine-related drug charges, while Patterson's charges involve marijuana.

They are scheduled to appear in court on June 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Five other individuals charged in the bust, which was two months under investigation, have had numerous appearances in court and will next appear on June 13.

Some of the individuals are facing conspiracy to commit drug trafficking charges, however Hartlen said the federal prosecution is taking over those charges as well as the drug charges.

The two-month investigation resulted in more than six kilograms and four pounds of marijuana taken off the streets. Twenty rifles and an undisclosed amount of cash were also seized.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

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