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Woman pleads guilty to drug possession charge

A woman whose home was searched, as part of the investigation that formed the biggest drug bust in Brandon Police Service history, has pleaded guilty to drug possession.

The drugs she got caught with, however, formed only a tiny portion of the total haul seized by police during a search of three separate properties.

In Brandon court on Thursday, 30-year-old Janessa Emileen Krieser pleaded guilty to possession of psilocybin.

Crown attorney Patrick Flynn said police raided her home near Brandon on Oct. 18.

Nobody was home at the time, but there was odour of marijuana and police found a bag that contained 15 grams ($225 worth) of the drug on the kitchen counter.

In a container in the same area, they also found about 138 grams of psilocybin with a street value of about $2,100.

A rifle and shotgun was also seized from the residence.

Flynn said later that same day, Krieser attended the Brandon police station. She told police that she lived at the home with her boyfriend, and the marijuana and psilocybin were hers.

She had nothing to do with the guns, however.

The possession of marijuana charge was dropped on Thursday and she pleaded guilty to the possession of the psilocybin.

Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta fined her $750 for the offence.

Krieser’s boyfriend still faces a weapon charge in connection with the guns found at the home.

The above raid was one of three at separate properties that, in total, netted more than $2 million worth of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

However, based on what defence lawyer Jonathan Richert told court, it appears Krieser had only a minor connection to the larger investigation.

She and her boyfriend were the tenants of a home owned by another man who Richert described as the target of the investigation.

The drugs that Krieser admitted to being hers were purely for partying, Richert said.

The bulk of the total amount of drugs seized as part of the overall investigation were found during searches at the two other properties.

Police searched a Gilbert Plains area property on Oct. 15 and seized 270 pounds of marijuana, two kilograms of cocaine and firearms. Three men were charged in relation to that raid.

That same day, police searched a property near Kemnay and seized a pound of ecstasy and two firearms. A man and woman were charged in relation to that matter.

» ihitchen@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 8, 2013

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A woman whose home was searched, as part of the investigation that formed the biggest drug bust in Brandon Police Service history, has pleaded guilty to drug possession.

The drugs she got caught with, however, formed only a tiny portion of the total haul seized by police during a search of three separate properties.

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A woman whose home was searched, as part of the investigation that formed the biggest drug bust in Brandon Police Service history, has pleaded guilty to drug possession.

The drugs she got caught with, however, formed only a tiny portion of the total haul seized by police during a search of three separate properties.

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