St. John's — A mother and son from Torbay accused of having had links with a major drug operation have elected to be tried by judge and jury.
Barbara Kavanagh, 59, and Michael Kavanagh, 33, were not in provincial court when their cases were called Tuesday. Instead, they were represented by their lawyers — Randy Piercey for Barbara Kavanagh and Erin Breen for Michael Kavanagh.
Piercey and Breen told Judge Jim Walsh their clients opted to have their case heard by a jury at Newfoundland Supreme Court if they proceed to trial.
They are jointly charged with a single count of laundering proceeds of crime, along with seven counts of possessing property obtained by crime.
The charges are the result of a three-year investigation by the RCMP’s proceeds of crime section, which was launched in April 2009 after the St. John's drug section seized two kilograms of cocaine from Canada Post and $300,000 in cash from Michael Kavanagh's residence during the course of its investigation.
The two were arrested Sept. 5, 2012, and have since been granted bail.
Their case will be called again in court Oct. 31, a week after lawyers plan to meet for a focus hearing to discuss the case.