September 25th, 2018

New sentencing date for woman caught in $33,000 meth bust

By Peggy Revell on December 19, 2017. @MHNprevell

A new sentencing date has been set in the new year for a Maple Creek woman who skipped out on her original sentencing date on serious drug charges.

Siofean Coderre, 43, appeared in custody and in person Tuesday at the Medicine Hat Courthouse, with newly brought on board defence counsel requesting an adjournment until Feb. 27 so that a pre-sentencing and Gladue report can be prepared for the sentencing.

The Maple Creek woman was arrested following a May drug bust, where police say $33,000 in methamphetamine was seized in Medicine Hat. Coderre entered guilty pleas in July, requesting a pre-sentencing report, and was granted release on $1,000 cash bail until a sentencing in October.

She was a no-show for this sentencing — causing her counsel at the time to come off the record and a warrant being issued for her arrest. She was then arrested in St. Albert in October, with the Crown having to have her extradited back to Alberta.

Coderre had entered guilty pleas to one count of trafficking, one count of possessing the proceeds of crimes, and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Similarly, Coderre’s co-accused Paul Rasmussen also entered guilty pleas in September to drug trafficking and firearm charges and was granted release until sentencing in October.

The 45-year-old Red Deer man also failed to show up for his sentencing, and was eventually arrested three provinces over on Nov. 5 byDryden detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police in northwestern Ontario.

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