Pot charges dropped

Terrace area grow up seizure case dates back to 2009

ANOTHER GROW-OP case has been stayed here after several years of going through the courts.

Charges of production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking against Patricia Kerr were stayed prosecutor Jack Talstra told her lawyer in a March 5th letter.

Defence lawyer Timothy Klaassen was going to argue, at his client’s scheduled court date of March 6, that the trial had been delayed too long and that the court should drop the charges against his client but didn’t have to thanks to the letter.

And Kerr has had a medical marijuana licence for three-and-a-half years now, Klaassen added.

That licence allows her to grow her own marijuana, to possess it and also to have another approved person grow a certain number of plants for her, he said.

On Aug. 5, 2009, Terrace RCMP reported they executed an Aug. 1, 2009 search warrant, seizing more than 100 marijuana plants growing outside at a Rosswood property.

A man and woman were arrested and police expected to recommend charges of production of a controlled substance against both, said police at that time.

“I can say that because of the length of the time that the case took to get to trial that this had an impact on my client who does have a medical use certificate and has had one since September 1, 2009 and I think that that may well have been a factor [in the stay of proceedings],” Klaassen said.

“I think that another factor might be that the co-accused, [Tracey Paul Corbet] there’s been a warrant out for his arrest for several years now and I guess I can say that the expectation was that we were going to be saying that he was the one behind the outdoor grow-op.”

Corbet and Kerr lived together in 2009 but haven’t done so for a long time, added Klaassen.

Since charges were laid back in 2010, Corbet has never appeared for court, said Klaassen.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued for Corbet’s arrest Oct. 12, 2010.

“We were trying to chase primarily the co-accused [Corbet], who had absconded,” said prosecutor Jack Talstra, adding that was one of the major reasons for the delay in getting to trial and the subsequent stay of charges.

“We were hoping to find him in the meantime,” he said.

Charges of production of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and trafficking a controlled substance will remain outstanding against Corbet, who is believed to be a U.S. citizen.



Just Posted

First Tears to Hope Relay Run to Terrace for MMIWG

Over 50 participants are running the Highway of Tears from both Prince Rupert and Smithers

Antique window destroyed during latest break-in at George Little House

“I feel like I let the house down,” says manager

First dedicated rugby field in northern B.C. opens in Terrace

The Northmen Rugby Club held the ribbon-cutting celebration

Terrace’s first licensed marijuana store opens

KJ’s Best Cannabis will sell cannabis, pre-rolled joints and oils for customers

Under pressure: SD82 takes heat over principal reassignments

School district hears demands during packed board meeting in Terrace

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

Canucks acquire forward J.T. Miller from Lightning

J.T. Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season

Most Read