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Drug bust

An Edmonton man was given the mandatory minimum sentence on Monday for trafficking marijuana and ecstasy.

Bryce Raymond Borlee pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substances for the purposes of trafficking and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

St. Albert RCMP raided Borlee’s West Edmonton home in June 2013 and found more than one pound of marijuana, 28 grams of hashish (cannabis resin), 35 grams of cannabis oil and 400 grams of canabutter – butter infused with cannabis to make food products.

Officers also seized MDMA (ecstasy) in powder and pill form, a cocaine press – used to press and break down bricks of cocaine – and $4,755 in cash.

Borlee dealt drugs in Edmonton and St. Albert. His home is one block away from an elementary school and two blocks away from a junior high school.

Visibly shaking, the nervous 28-year-old told the court he was “100 per cent” in the wrong. He started dealing to support his own drug habit but has been sober since the charges were laid.

“The people you have been selling to will become addicts too and end up committing crimes,” said Judge Marilyn White. “It’s a vicious circle.”

White handed Borlee the mandatory minimum sentence for drug trafficking – two years in prison and a weapons prohibition for 10 years.

Borlee was led out of court in handcuffs.

Dating abuse

A St. Albert man who physically attacked three former girlfriends was sentenced to 17.5 months in jail on Monday.

Derek William Hilsen pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one count each of uttering threats causing bodily harm, attempting to obstruct justice and failure to comply with the conditions of his recognizance.

The charges date back to November 2013 when a woman reported to St. Albert RCMP that she had been thrown onto a bed, slapped and elbowed in the eye by her boyfriend, who was later identified as Hilsen.

The woman said she was struck after she went through Hilsen’s phone and accused him of infidelity.

Two days later, while sitting in a holding cell at the RCMP detachment answering to the assault charges, Hilsen texted “girlfriend number two” as Crown prosecutor Douglas Taylor described, asking her to be his alibi.

The text message exchange was read aloud in court, the 31-year-old pleading with the woman to lie and tell police they were together on the night in question.

Hilsen was later released and kept a low profile until last month.

On Jan. 13 a woman drove to the RCMP detachment and reported that her ex-boyfriend was chasing her.

Police notes stated that Hilsen struck and repeatedly pushed the woman, once into his truck. He pinned her against a wall and said, “I will kill you and your kids if you go to the police.”

Hilsen put the woman into a chokehold. She was eventually able to flee. Hilsen chased her in his vehicle to the detachment.

The 31-year-old’s previous criminal record includes assault of domestic partner, assault of a police officer, uttering threats and property mischief.

Judge John Maher described Hilsen’s pre-sentence report as negative.

“Everyone in here seems to be blaming someone else. Apparently it’s the women in these relationships that are the problem.”

Defence lawyer Jake Chadi told the court Hilsen had an ongoing battle with alcohol addiction, a contributing factor to his prior criminal offences. He noted Hilsen also has a problem with relationships with women.

Chadi proposed a global sentence of 10 months in jail.

“He can’t blame alcohol this go-round,” said Maher. Hilsen will serve 17.5 months for all charges.


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