May 07, 2014 - 10:42 AM
PENTICTON — A Burnaby man was found guilty of cocaine possession with intent to sell, after police found a kilogram of cocaine powder in his car.
Graham Jordan was pulled over on Highway 3 between Hedley and Keremeos for excessive speeding in November 2011 and was notified by highway patrol that his car would be impounded.
“Suspicious behaviour” and Jordan's recent file for cocaine possession caused Const. Ryan McLeod to take a closer look in the vehicle. After seeing drug-related paraphernalia at the feet of, and stuffed in the bra of passenger Brittany Brunton, he found reasonable ground to arrest her for drug possession. Ultimately she was not charged.
McLeod walked Brunton through a self-pat down to check for weapons, and patted down Jordan, on whom he found a cigar package that contained a small package of heroin. He was arrested for possession.
McLeod searched the car for more drugs and found a wrapped package of a powdered substance, which lab tests determined to be cocaine. The package was found in a duffle bag with mens clothes in Jordan’s size. The large size of the package indicated the drugs were meant to be sold.
Defense counsel Brian Jackson said the package could have belonged to Brunton, but the drugs weren’t found in the duffle bag containing her things.
An RCMP dashboard video camera recorded everything, and Crown counsel James Whiting
played it in court as evidence.
All the evidence, including McLeod’s testimony, caused Justice Selwyn Romilly to be satisfied that the drugs belonged to Jordan and not Brunton.
“I am satisfied the accused had knowledge and control of the item in the black bag,” he said.
A sentencing date will be made at a later time.
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