A New Minas man has been sentenced to federal custody for drug trafficking.
Charles Anthony Sheffield, 44, was to be sentenced in Kentville provincial court on a charge of unlawfully possessing hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking on Dec. 9. However, the matter was unable to be heard because of the length of the docket. Sheffield was remanded into custody until the following day, Dec. 10, for sentencing.
Judge Alan Tufts sentenced Sheffield to two years in federal custody on the charge. A lifetime firearms prohibition order was also imposed against him and the court granted a forfeiture order relating to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charge.
Sheffield pled guilty to the charge on Nov. 12. A charge of unlawfully possessing not in excess of 30 grams of cannabis marijuana was dismissed.
Three men and one woman were arrested at a New Minas residence on Oct. 15 after the Valley Integrated Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant. Police seized prescription pills, marijuana and cash. The other three individuals were released without being charged.
During an Oct. 16 court appearance, 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 failing to comply with a condition not to associate with anyone known to him to have a youth or criminal record.
Tufts suspended the conditional sentence and ordered Sheffield to spend the remaining time, 106 days, in custody.
Sheffield had been 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.