Monday, March 7, 2011

Preliminary hearing to be set in medical pot bust case

GUELPH — Lawyers for the three men charged with drug trafficking following a bust at the Medical Cannabis Centre of Guelph last May are expected to set a preliminary hearing date on March 29.

Two of the men, Rade Kovacevic and Scott Gilbert appeared in a Guelph provincial courtroom Monday, where the matter was adjourned.

Guelph Police laid the drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and drug production charges after they searched the centre at 62 Baker St., last May 6, as well as five other addresses on Dublin Street, London Road, Arrow Road and Quebec Street.

More than 20 kilograms of dried marijuana were recovered by police as well as several vials of ground marijuana, 258 marijuana plants, a quantity of marijuana-laced muffins, scones, cakes and cookies and more than $10,000 cash. Police estimated the value of seized drug items at in excess of $100,000.

Court heard the preliminary hearing will likely be set for three days. The Crown is expected to call the police officers who obtained the search warrant at the Baker Street medical centre.

Kovacevic is to be represented by Toronto lawyer Leora Shemesh and the other two men are to be represented by another Toronto lawyer, Marcy Segal.

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