Man pleads guilty, charges dropped against five other people
Drug charges against five people were dropped in Ontario Court last month while one person took the blame for thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs found in a Cedar Street home.
Christopher Wasch, an addicted, trafficking 21-year-old who lived at the home with his mother, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and marijuana for trafficking.
Michael Fowler, for the provincial Crown’s office, said the Norfolk County Crime Unit had been watching the Cedar Street home and got a warrant to search it on Sept. 21 last year.
Wasch was found with more than 43 grams of cocaine on him, along with $500. A further search turned up 2.4 kilograms of marijuana stored around the living room and about five grams of ecstasy.
Officers also found drug paraphernalia, a cell phone with cocaine on it, three digital weigh scales and an electronic cattle prod.
Three other men and two women, including Wasch’s mother, were also arrested and charged with drug trafficking.
Wasch’s defence lawyer said his client had “significant drug issues” and was going through three grams of marijuana with a side of cocaine every day.
He pleaded guilty immediately.
“It was a mistake,” Wasch told the judge.
“I don’t want to do it again.”
Justice Kevin Sherwood said that while Wasch is a relatively young offender with no prior record, the quantity and type of drugs seized called for a clear sentence that other traffickers would see.
“Like many other communities, we have a significant drug issue here that’s causing a drain on resources,” Sherwood said.
The judge sentenced Wasch to a total of 13 months in custody but credited him with having served the equivalent of 198 days. That leaves a further 197 days in jail to be served.
Wasch will remain on probation for 18 months and was ordered to provide a DNA sample for the national offenders databank and not to possess firearms or crossbows during that time.
“You now have a significant criminal record,” said Sherwood.
“If you come back here in the future you will be opening the door to a penitentiary sentence.”
Drug possession and trafficking charges were withdrawn against Maryann Wasch, Jody Murtland, Joshua Roy Stephen Flint, Aaron John Taylor and Tyana Isabell Chambers, all of Norfolk.