Pleas adjourned for five in drug bust

Raissa Tetanish
Published on June 13, 2011

AMHERST - Pleas for five people arrested in a massive February drug bust have once again been set over in Amherst provincial court.

Defense attorney Jim O'Neil requested an adjournment on behalf of his client, Christopher Kenneth Coade, for roughly one month while he reviews disclosure information that was just received.

O'Neil was also appearing on behalf of counsel for another of the accused, Heather Trenholme. Trenholme’s lawyer, Robert Rideout, was not court.

David McNairn, counsel for Jason Edward Glennie, echoed O'Neil's request, adding some disclosure was just received last week.

Crown attorney Jill Hartlen advised the court there are replacement information documents for each of the five accused adding some new charges. However she wasn't sure if the designation the lawyers filed would continue to the new information where there were new charges being laid for each of the individuals.

The five, which also includes Troy William Hayes and Christopher Lee Glennie, are charged with cocaine-related offences such as conspiracy to traffick, while the Glennie brothers are also charged with marijuana-related offences.

The new charges include four counts of possession of property obtained by crime for Christopher Glennie and three of the same charge for Coade.

The new information regarding Hayes includes two charges of possession of property obtained by crime, as does the information for Trenholme.

Trenholme's new information also has one count of laundering proceeds of crime.

Jason Glennie's new information includes one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

Cpl. Mark Cameron of the RCMP Northeast Nova Drug Section said the newest charges came to the forefront roughly a week ago.

"Our investigation is still ongoing, so at this point in time, it is hard to say if there will be any new charges or not," he said.

The matters have all been adjourned until July 18 at 9:30 a.m.

A joint police task force raided a number of properties in the Amherst, Springhill and River Hebert areas earlier this year.