A man caught with more than two ounces of cocaine in his possession was sentenced to 16 months in jail on Monday.
Cean Dylan Marcotte, 24, pleaded guilty in Brandon provincial court to possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine on Aug. 13.
Marcotte was driving a rental vehicle in Brandon when police pulled him over in the 700 block of Ninth Street to check for a valid driver’s licence, Crown attorney Christina Cheater said.
Marcotte did not have any identification on him, Cheater said, and he appeared nervous with his voice shaky as he spoke with police.
Police also noticed the vehicle was messy and there were four cellphones out in plain view.
Marcotte told the officers he and the passenger had come to Brandon from Winnipeg and were going to stay in a hotel for a week, Cheater said.
During that time, police learned Marcotte was suspended from driving and placed him under arrest.
While removing the passenger from the vehicle, officers also noticed a number of needles under the passenger seat.
Because Marcotte was coming from Winnipeg, which is a source city for narcotics in Brandon, Cheater said police believed at that point Marcotte was in possession of narcotics and asked if there was anything they should know about.
Marcotte voluntarily advised he had cocaine hidden in his underwear, Cheater said.
Police found 10 grams of cocaine on Marcotte, and a search of the vehicle turned up two more ounces of cocaine in a gift bag sitting in the back seat of the vehicle.
Approximately $3,500 in cash was also found in the passenger’s purse, Cheater said.
"It is a large amount of cocaine," Cheater said, noting there were exigencies in the Crown’s case that led to the joint recommendation for a 16-month sentence.
Defence lawyer Billy Marks said it was a true plea bargain, adding that Marcotte is aware of the consequences and was taking responsibility for his actions.
"I know what I did was wrong and I’m just trying to take responsibility for it," Marcotte told the court. "I’m trying to change my life."
Judge John Combs agreed with the joint recommendation for sentencing and handed Marcotte 16 months in jail.
After credit for time served, Marcotte has a little under one year left to serve.
"You need to find a different way to make a living. This is the second time you’ve been convicted of a drug-related offence. … The penalties aren’t going to get any less if you don’t make that change," Combs told Marcotte. "You need to ensure you go down a different path."
Marcotte was also placed on a 10-year firearm prohibition.
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