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Stay of proceedings ordered for Clarenville courthouse drug trafficking charge

RCMP - Lynn Curwin

Charge currently not being pursued

CLARENVILLE, NL— Federal crown has ordered a stay of proceeding on a charge of alleged drug trafficking at the Clarenville provincial court.

Doris Lethbridge was scheduled to go to trial this morning , May 14.

The order means that, although the charge has not been withdrawn, the Crown will not, at the moment at least, be pursing the matter further.

There is a one year window in which the Crown may begin proceedings once again.

The alleged incident occurred on Oct. 16, 2017, when Anthony Soper was sentenced to four years, seven months for the knifepoint robbery of a Clarneville taxi driver.

He was at the courthouse and in police custody when the alleged exchange took place.

Soper is scheduled to stand trial July 19 for a possession charge, as well as two charges of failing to comply with conditions.

RCMP did confirm to The Packet at an earlier time that the charges were connected.

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