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Man caught with gun, cocaine in car gets 2-year prison term

A man caught with a gun and crack cocaine in his car after he failed to use his turn signal has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Crown attorney Christina Cheater said the sentence sends a message.

"If you’re going to get involved with drugs and guns in Brandon, you’re going to be going to the pen … It seems to becoming a habit around here to have drug dealers carrying weapons, and it’s very concerning to all those involved,"

Cheater said during sentencing in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.

Marlon Brent Hotain, 39, took responsibility for the gun and drugs found in his car on the evening of Sept. 23.

Crown attorney Grant Hughes said a constable was patrolling downtown on Princess Avenue when a red Dodge Charger turned onto Sixth Street without signalling.

The officer followed and the suspect driver failed to signal again when the car turned onto Rosser Avenue, where it was pulled over on the 500 block.

Police found out that the driver, Hotain, was banned for life from driving in Manitoba, so they prepared to have the Charger towed.

To prepare for the tow, police began to take inventory of what was inside the vehicle. During that inspection, they found a shotgun and 59 shells in the trunk, and Hotain said it was his.

The search continued and police found a black leather case under the front passenger seat that contained 17 grams of crack cocaine, a scale that appeared to be contaminated with drugs and $740 cash.

Another 3.5 grams of crack and one gram of marijuana were found in baggies in the trunk.

While there were other people in the car with him, Hotain told police that everything they found belonged to him.

This case isn’t directly linked, but the arrest came around the time of a string of shootings in Brandon that appear to be connected to the drug trade and possibly gang related.

Hotain, who is from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, has a lengthy record — Cheater said he has more than 40 convictions and a history of violence.

In the past, Hotain has been linked to gangs such as the Manitoba Warriors and Native Syndicate and was a member of the former Spartans motorcycle gang.

On Thursday, he told court that he walked away from gang life — a claim supported at one point by a probation officer — but got sucked back in.

When pulled over, he was acting as the designated driver as others in the vehicle were intoxicated. Again, he said he’s taking responsibility for what was found.

For possession of crack cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, unauthorized possession of the gun and possession of a firearm while prohibited, Hotain received two years in prison.

That’s on top of the time he already spent in custody since the incident for which he was denied bail.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 13, 2017

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After reading the story I thought what if I were the Crown; what would be my course of action to assess and resolve this situation.

If I were the Crown I would have first raised a question about our intelligence departments who were not alarmed and left the residents of Brandon on a great risk.

The second action I would have taken is to inquire the efficiency of our Correction Department which seems ineffective here in the Hotain scenario, allowed him to reach to 40 different convictions. Are they waiting for the celebration of half century before they take any serious measures against him?

The third question I would have raised before punishing Hotain is to find his fellows and the Godfather. Because what if tomorrow another fellow like him is wandering free on the streets specially if he does not forget turning on his vehicle’s signal.

After reading the story I thought what if I were the Crown; what would be my course of action to assess and resolve this situation.

If I were the Crown I would have first raised a question about our intelligence departments who were not alarmed and left the residents of Brandon on a great risk.

The second action I would have taken is to inquire the efficiency of our Correction Department which seems ineffective here in the Hotain scenario, allowed him to reach to 40 different convictions. Are they waiting for the celebration of half century before they take any serious measures against him?

The third question I would have raised to the consumer of drugs and alcohol before I riot on drug dealers. The uncontrolled access of alcohol and other drugs now has approached our innocent youth too. We should not forget that 25% of grade 7 students are current drinkers, about 52% of boys and 51% of girls started their drinking before the age of 15. As per the Addiction Foundation of Manitoba the next stage is marijuana which could be more alarming. Always remember drugs and alcohol causes Mafias to be born and carrying arms is the their only survival.

The fourth question I would have raised before punishing Hotain is to find his fellows and the Godfather. Because what if tomorrow another fellow like him is wandering free on the streets specially if he does not forget turning on his vehicle’s signal.

courtesy:http://www.sobriety.ca/drug-alcohol-addiction-brandon-manitoba.htm

Is Brandon really safe? On January 13th 2017 a man from Brandon Mb was sentenced to two years in prison. What charges did he acquire for his sentence? Well on September 23 of 2016 a red Dodge Charged turned onto Princess Avenue without signalling. Following normal procedures he started to pull over the vehicle to find Marlon Brent Hotain 39, a man who was banned for life from driving in Manitoba. They prepared to have the Charger towed which requires the officer to see the inventory of what was inside the vehicle. During that inspection, they found a shotgun and 59 shells in the trunk Hotain said it was his as the search continued they kept finding illegal items including 17 grams of crack cocaine, a scale for weighing as well at $740, they also found more drugs in the trunk in baggies as well as a gram of marijuana. Previously Brandon Mb has had a problem with a string of shooting which appear to be connected to the drug trade and possibly gang related. Hotain isn’t directly linked, but he has a lengthy record with over 40 convictions and a history of violence. With this all being said I’d like to say that Brandon is a safe community, but is it if we have people like Marlon in our community there is always risks to the population. I mostly worry about the newer generations as it's becoming more normal every year to be a thug and do drugs. We need to provide our young with a new organisation that isn’t related to the drug trade. Until then Brandon won’t be that safe.

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