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Trochu’s man given a suspended sentence | Spare News

A Trochu man facing charges stemming from a 2021 arrest was given an 18-month suspended sentence in Drumheller Provincial Court on Friday, September 16.

The court heard how Three Hills RCMP installed a trail camera on a rural property near the town of Trochu in February 2021 due to reports of suspected drug trafficking in the area.

A day after the trail camera was installed, she captured a vehicle – described as a blue GMC Sierra – making a turn on the range road being observed with two people inside around 11:45 p.m.

It was determined that the license plate was not that of the GMC Sierra, but rather that of a vehicle of a different make and model, and Three Hills RCMP conducted a traffic stop.

Christopher Weich of Trochu was identified as the driver, and his passenger was identified as Simon May, also of Trochu.

During the traffic stop, the RCMP observed that the vehicle’s ignition had been turned off and, after checking the vehicle identification number (VIN), it was determined that the vehicle, worth approximately 2,000 $, had been reported stolen from a Calgary transit station on February 1.

The Crown prosecutor suggested a suspended sentence with 18 months of probation for Mr. Weich, on the condition that Mr. Weich maintain a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the first six months of his probation period, abstains from the use of illicit substances and has no contact with his co-defendant, Simon May, except through a court or a lawyer.

Mr. Weich was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of $100 and was given time to pay until October 31, 2022.

All other charges have been dropped.

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