Kentville Justice Centre
By Kirk Starratt
A conditional sentence imposed against a New Minas man late last month has been suspended and he’ll be spending the remaining time in custody.
Charles Anthony Sheffield, 44, appeared in Kentville Provincial Court on Oct. 16. There were three men and one woman arrested at Sheffield’s New Minas residence on Oct. 15 after the Valley Integrated Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant. Police seized prescription pills, marijuana and cash.
Sheffield was charged with unlawfully possessing hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking and unlawful possession of marijuana. The other three individuals were released without being charged.
The Crown consented to Sheffield’s release on his own recognizance and a $1,000 non-cash surety following his Oct. 16 court appearance. The matters were adjourned to Nov. 12 for election and plea.
Sheffield admitted that he breeched the conditional sentence he was serving at the time of his arrest by failing to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and failed to comply with a condition not to associate with anyone known to him to have a youth, criminal or Controlled Drugs and Substances Act record.
Judge Alan Tufts suspended the conditional sentence and ordered Sheffield to spend the remaining time, 106 days, in custody.
Sheffield was handed a four-month conditional sentence order on Sept. 30. He had pled guilty that day to a charge of possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking in New Minas on June 18. He was ordered to spend the first two months on house arrest, followed by daily curfew for the last two months of the order.
He was also sentenced to eight months of probation. The court imposed a 10-year, four-month firearm prohibition order against Sheffield and a forfeiture order for items seized in relation to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charge.