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Outstanding warrant leads to more charges

Chad Robert Boissonnault, 34, now facing allegations of drug trafficking and resisting arrest
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WESTLOCK – A man stopped by Westlock RCMP near Busby in early August due to an outstanding warrant — charges that were dealt with in court last week — now faces a handful of drug-trafficking allegations after police say they caught him with more than 400 grams of illicit drugs and $5,000 in cash.

Appearing in Westlock Provincial Court Aug. 9 via CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre, Chad Robert Boissonnault, 34, pleaded guilty to uttering death threats and mischief, damage under $5,000, while one count of assault was withdrawn — a warrant had been previously issued on the charges and Boissonnault was arrested Aug. 2 near Busby.

Judge Clifton Purvis agreed to a joint-sentence submission from Crown prosecutor Patricia Hankinson and defence lawyer Ben Lotery for $600 in fines, deemed paid by the six days Boissonnault’s been behind bars, plus 12 months of probation that includes a handful of conditions. Boissonnault, who’s a heavy equipment operator, was also barred from contacting his former girlfriend and ordered to pay $378.45 in restitution for breaking the window of her car.

“He did intend to resolve this earlier but due to some technical difficulties he didn’t and was picked up,” said Lotery.

Hankinson told court that on Aug. 16, 2021, Westlock RCMP were called by Boissonnault’s then-girlfriend who said he had smashed the window of her car. During the investigation, police also learned that Boissonnault had threatened the woman Aug. 14 and told her, “ … that he would attend her residence, kick her door in and hurt her.”

Stop leads to more charges

In a news release, Westlock RCMP say that at 1:45 a.m., Aug. 2, Boissonnault was stopped near Busby due to an outstanding warrant on the uttering threats/mischief charges.

Following a search, police say they found 266 grams of cocaine, 145 grams of a methamphetamine-fentanyl mix, .71 grams of heroin, plus oxycocet, $5,000 in cash and other items including jewellery and drug paraphernalia. 

In relation to that arrest, Boissonnault faces three charges of trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of resisting a peace officer. Lotery told court that bail has been denied for Boissonnault and he will be back in Westlock Provincial Court Sept. 7.

George Blais, TownandCountryToday.com



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