Kentville Justice Centre
By Kirk Starratt
A Kingston man who is also charged in connection with a recent home invasion has been sentenced to time in custody on drug charges.
Kaz Henry Cox, 34, pled guilty on June 26 to charges of unlawfully producing marijuana, unlawfully possessing marijuana and unlawfully possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Judge Alan Tufts sentenced Cox to a total of 16 months in custody on the charges of production and possession for the purpose of trafficking. The court imposed a 10-year, 16-month firearm prohibition order against Cox and a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act forfeiture order was granted for items seized. A judicial stay has been entered on the possession charge.
A news release from the Kings RCMP stated that the Valley Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a Foster Street residence in Kingston June 19 at about 11 a.m. Police seized marijuana plants, production equipment and drug trafficking paraphernalia from two grow rooms in the residence.
A 36-year-old woman will appear in Kentville Provincial Court Sept. 3 on charges of marijuana production and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Another news release from the RCMP stated that Kingston members responded to a disturbance in progress at a residence on Pleasant Street, Kingston, on June 18 at 1:40 a.m. The male resident was approached and found to be the victim of an assault. The 41-year-old victim was transported to Soldiers Memorial Hospital and later released.
There were three men arrested at the scene of the Pleasant Street incident. They included Cox, 34-year-old Shaun Christopher Smith of Berwick and Phillip Wayne Clayton, 40, Kingston. They were released pending the investigation, but were later arrested and charged with break, enter and theft, robbery with violence and assault. Cox and Smith were remanded in custody until their court appearances and Clayton was released on a court condition.
Clayton will appear in Kentville Provincial Court Aug. 15. With Crown consent, Smith was released from custody on a recognizance including a $10,000 justified surety following a June 25 court appearance. He is to return to court July 22 for election and plea.
Cox elected provincial court judge and pled not guilty on June 26 to the charges of break, enter and theft, robbery with violence and assault. He will be back in court July 22 to have a trial date set.