Charges stayed in North Stormont drug bust

The Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Charges have been stayed against a 77-year-old North Stormont man in connection to a 2018 drug bust in the township.

Gerard Sauve was first charged in March 2018 when SD&G O.P.P. searched a property on County Road 15. They seized 34 pounds (15 kilograms) of cannabis, 30 pounds (14 kilograms) of hash cannabis resin, 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of cannabis shake, methamphetamine pills and a firearm.

Sauve had originally been charged with two counts of drug trafficking, two counts of drug production, one count of possession, one count of possession of property obtained by crime and three firearms-related charges.

In an email to Cornwall Newswatch, Public Prosecution Service of Canada spokesman Nathalie Houle said the stay of proceedings was made in accordance with their guidelines. The matter was scheduled for a trial in Alexandria on Jan. 31, 2020.

Those guidelines include a “decision to prosecute test,” where the Crown attorney must consider whether there is a reasonable prospect of conviction and whether prosecution would be in the public interest.

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General spokesman Brian Gray also confirmed the staying of the charges.

A staying of a charge means it can still be revived if an accused is charged with new offences within the next year.