One year, three months for local cocaine trafficker

Meadowbrook man arrested twice in a month pleads guilty to two charges of possession

A Meadowbrook man will spend 15 months in jail after pleading guilty to drug trafficking in Cranbrook Provincial Court.

Dustin McKay was in court on Monday, June 3 before Judge Ron Webb and he pleaded guilty to two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

According to RCMP, McKay was arrested for possession twice in a month after police searched a home in Meadowbrook.

In the first incident on Friday, April 26, the 24-year-old man was arrested after a lengthy investigation. At the time of the arrest, RCMP found 18 one-gram baggies of cocaine. McKay was released on $500 bail and placed on strict release conditions, including being prohibited from going to Kimberley, and being ordered to stay inside his home between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. each day.

On Saturday, May 25, RCMP said McKay was arrested again in Meadowbrook, this time with an ounce of cocaine and $3,000 cash.

At the time, RCMP Cpl. Chris Newel said the amount of cocaine found was significant.

“To put the cocaine and cash amount in perspective, there was approximately one ounce, which is 28 grams. Cocaine is typically sold in one- or half-gram quantities, so potentially between 28 and 56 sales.

“The approximate price of a gram is $100, so the subject may have sold as much as 30 grams prior to his arrest.”

On Monday, June 3, McKay pleaded guilty to two separate charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. For the earlier offence, he was sentenced to six months jail. For the second offence, he was sentenced to nine months jail. The two sentences will be served consecutively, which means McKay will spend one year and three months in jail.

He is also prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years after his release.