Woman jailed 2 years for trafficking meth

H.P. court docket
Oct. 22, 2018
Judge D.R. Shynkar

A High Prairie woman will spend the next two years behind bars after pleading guilty to trafficking illegal drugs.
Loretta L. Bigcharles, 49, was sentenced to two years plus one day for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking after appearing in High Prairie provincial court Oct. 18.
“Two years covers it,” Judge D.R. Shynkar said during sentencing.
Police found 28 gm of methamphetamine when the RCMP drug unit searched her home on Nov. 15, 2017, federal Crown prosecutor Cameron McCoy told court.
During the search, which was approved by a warrant, police also discovered seven grams of cocaine.
“She wants to go to a federal institution to get drug treatment,” her lawyer, Harry Jong, said.
The sentence was a joint submission by the Crown and defence.

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Dwayne A. Chalifoux, 35, of High Prairie, was sentenced to 14 days in jail after pleading guilty to assault and breach of conditions.
The charge arose after Chalifoux pushed the mother of his female spouse down a few stairs after losing his temper, provincial Crown prosecutor Petter Hurich said.
“You had no business giving her a push,” Judge D.R. Shynkar said.
Chalifuoux admitted his criminal act.
Court heard; however, he is remorseful for his actions.
“He apologizes for what he did,” duty counsel Harry Jong said.
The victim sustained no serious injuries, just bruises, he added, after falling down about two or three steps.
After the incident, Chalifoux was found at his sister’s residence passed out with an open can of beer beside him.
“You’re on order not to drink and there you’re consuming alcohol,” the judge noted.
Chalifoux’s request to serve time on weekends was granted by Judge Shynkar so he could keep his job during the week. Chalifoux will report to Peace River Correctional Centre each Friday.
Chalifoux was also sentenced to probation for nine months, ordered to take treatment for alcohol, and to have no contact with the victim.
“He says he needs help with his drinking problem and wants to get treatment,” said Jong.

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Joseph F. Chalifoux, 51, of Driftpile, was fined $1,000, plus a victim fine surcharge of $300, after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content over 80 mg.
Chalifoux was stopped by Lakeshore Regional Police Service and recorded a breath sample of 90 mg on Sept. 7, Crown prosecutor Petter Hurich told court.
Police were patrolling in the Swan River First Nation when a vehicle was observed swerving and nearly drove into the ditch.
Chalifoux admitted he was drinking, said Cheryl Kachuk, criminal court worker for Native Counselling Services of Alberta.
“He says he was at a bar in Kinuso and some people wanted a ride back to Driftpile,” she added.
Chalifoux was suspended from driving for one year, although the Crown recommended three years because of his criminal record that included three previous related convictions.
“He will not likely get his driver’s licence back ever,” Hurich said, because he has numerous related convictions.
Chalifoux was also fined $2,875 for driving a vehicle without insurance. The fine included the victim fine surcharge.

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Allan Andre Cloutier, 35, was sentenced to 18 days in jail after pleading guilty to breach of condition.
Court heard Cloutier was in contact with a person he was ordered to not contact, Crown prosecutor Petter Hurich told court.
Cloutier, who appeared from Peace River Correctional Centre, was released due to time already served in custody.


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