Man sentenced to two years for drug possession
21-year-old arrested up on second charge while on release
By: Amy Crofts
| Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 06:00 am
A St. Albert man will spend the next two years in prison for possessing marijuana and a component drug of “bath salts.”
Dylan Brant Kerby, 21, was arrested last Thursday and charged with possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking. At the time he was on release for a 2013 conviction for possessing methylone for the purposes of trafficking, which he originally pleaded guilty to in March.
Court heard that Kerby ordered 113 grams of methylone, online from China. Methylone is part of the designer drug family known as synthetic cathinones, which are similar in chemical structure to methamphetamines and MDMA.
Synthetic cathinones are found in products such as “bath salts” and are highly addictive drugs with the potential to be lethal as users can easily overdose, states the Canada Border Services Agency’s website.
In September 2013, Kerby’s package was intercepted by Canadian Border Services Agency in Vancouver and subsequently handed over to the St. Albert RCMP Drug Unit.
RCMP delivered the package to the 21-year-old’s home in the Sturgeon neighbourhood last October. His father signed for it.
Officers tracked the package as Kerby took it to a residence in north St. Albert where he met with an individual he had been texting with.
A cellphone search showed that a conversation Kerby had with another person read: “Got it.” “Have you opened it?” “Was the mail man weird?”
In fact, the mailman was an undercover RCMP officer.
Kerby was arrested, charged and released on specific conditions. Last week, he was again arrested for a drug possession charge.
On July 10, officers from the RCMP drug unit were patrolling the Apex Casino and noticed Kerby in the passenger seat of white Dodge truck. They approached the truck and smelled an odour of marijuana. They recognized Kerby from his previous arrest.
Both the driver and Kerby were arrested.
Officers seized one bag of marijuana from the truck and two bags from the car Kerby came in. The quantity of the marijuana totalled more than 490 grams. RCMP also seized $1,650 in cash.
Kerby pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking in St. Albert Provincial Court on Monday.
A pre-sentence report ordered from the methylone possession charge stated the 21-year-old suffered from addiction problems and described him as “evasive.”
“I need to man up for the mistakes I made,” Kerby said to the court.
Kerby was sentenced to 15 months for possession of methylone, nine months for possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking and a lifetime weapons prohibition.