Federal time for Kentville man who trafficked cocaine

Kirk Starratt kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca
Published on August 29, 2014

Kentville Justice Centre

A Kentville man has been sentenced to federal custody for possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

“If you catch my drift, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for you,” Judge John MacDougall told Gates in handing down his sentence.

Raymond Nathaniel Gates, 29, Kentville, pleaded not guilty to the charge in October 2013 and the matter was adjourned for trial. Gates changed his plea to guilty on May 29 and the matter was again adjourned, this time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing  Aug. 28.

The court heard that police seized 51.6 grams of cocaine from Gates, as well as $2,200 in cash and scales from a safe, which also contained some cocaine. Another $400 was seized from a wallet. Gates was selling the drugs for $100 a gram.

The court heard that the crime was profit driven, not addiction driven. Defence Robert Stewart said his client was putting money away so he and his girlfriend could go out west and start a new life.

MacDougall sentenced Gates to two years of federal custody, imposed a 12-year firearm prohibition against him and granted a forfeiture order for items seized. Gates was fined a $200 victim surcharge. The sentence was a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence.

“Hopefully you’ve learned something and you can share it with others who make stupid decisions like that,” MacDougall said.

Gates committed the offence in Kentville on June 28, 2013.