Pushing drugs can get your food and shelter covered, especially if you get convicted.
For the next two years Swift Current's Samantha Kallechy won't have to worry about rent or grocery shopping, as she'll be behind bars for possession for the purpose of trafficking meth, as well as a weapon conviction and possession of the proceeds of crime under $5,000.
She was arrested on November 15 after a search warrant was executed at a residence, and police discovered about 24 grams of meth and 25 grams of cocaine, 611 grams of amphetamines, a makeshift taser, and $4,580 in cash.
According to the Crown, the drugs are worth around $61,000, though Kallechy's defence lawyer Mervyn Shaw said they had a street value of $45,000. That discrepancy didn't affect matters, however, as both the defence and Crown Prosecutor Eric Neufeld submitted a joint submission, which was accepted by Judge Karl Bazin.
Kallechy was denied bail and has been in custody since her arrest. Her sentence is two years going forward, do be served concurrently, on all three counts she's pleading guilty to, which doesn't include the time she's already spent in custody.
Shaw read out some positive references for Kallechy - including a former employer saying Kallechy, now 30 years old, was reliable and hard working. Kallechy had a previous record that wasn't extensive, including one possession conviction and one criminal driving offence.
While reading facts, which Kallechy didn't take issue with, Neufeld said between when Kallechy was arrested until late December, she had a number of telephone conversations, which she was told would be recorded. Neufeld said those conversations demonstrated she was most likely involved with trafficking, encouraged more of it, and was trying to find out who acted as an informant to the police.
Neufeld added that since those conversations stopped late in 2018, she might have had a change of heart.
Bazin wished Kallechy well serving her sentence and rehabilitating herself.