Jail time for repeat drug dealer

By Susan Gamble, Brantford Expositor


A Norfolk County man who was arrested twice within three months for drug trafficking was sentenced to more than two years of accumulated jail time.

Stephen Douglas Richards, 54, was charged in October last year when Norfolk OPP found more than $10,000 worth of drugs in the Peel Street home he was in, including cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana.

Then in January this year, Richards was arrested again when Norfolk OPP’s Street Crime Unit became suspicious of him and his female companion on Colborne Street South in Simcoe.

The officers seized more cocaine and arrested Richards on drug charges, resisting an officer, obstructing a lawful seizure, possession of property worth more than $5,000 obtained by crime, two counts of breach of recognizance and a failure to comply with a probation order.

In court, Richards pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, a failure to comply with bail conditions and obstructing justice. Other charges were withdrawn.

Justice Kevin Sherwood sentenced Richards to the equivalent of 445 days of time already served and ordered him to jail for another nine months.

Richards will have to provide a sample of his DNA for the national offenders registry and remain on probation for a year when he’s released. He will also have to pay $1,200 in victim surcharges.

Other charges were withdrawn.