B.C. brothers arrested in drug bust released from jail

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on October 13, 2010

Two brothers from British Columbia arrested near Roaches Line Tuesday afternoon after police found more than a million dollars worth of marijuana in their travel trailer have been released from jail.

Murray Charles Sholty, 37, and Tony Lee Sholty, 33, of Fort Fraser, B.C., appeared in provincial court in St. John’s today.

The two are charged with possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Crown prosecutor John Brooks agreed to release the men from prison, but with substantial cash deposits — Murray Sholty on a $55,000 recognizance and his brother on a $25,000 recognizance.

The conditions of their release include that they report to police in Prince George, B.C., weekly, that they adhere to a curfew and stay away from anyone with a criminal record. They are also not permitted to have any weapons or illegal drugs.

The men were represented by Erin Breen. They are due back in court Nov. 19.

The two were arrested by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary street drug unit at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop in the area of Roaches Line.

The RNC executed a search warrant on a 2004 eight-foot travel trailer resulting in a seizure of 117 pounds of marijuana from a drop ceiling hidden compartment within the vehicle.

The estimated street value of the seizure is $1 million.

After the arrests, police also seized more than $12,000 cash.

The drugs and money were put on display this afternoon at RNC headquarters in St. John’s.

Const. Suzanne Fitzgerald said the bust was the result of an investigation, which has been ongoing for several months.

“There’s no question (these drugs) were meant for the streets of St. John’s and possibly other parts of the province,” Fitzgerald said.

It marks the fifth arrest for the RNC drug unit in the last two weeks.

In all, they have seized over $200,000 in cash and approximately 214 pounds of marijuana, as well as hashish and drug paraphernalia.

“The correlation between violence and the drug trade is very evident,” Fitzgerald said, “so any seizure of any quantity is of the upmost significance.”