Not guilty pleas entered in C.B.S. drug case

Published on August 29, 2014
Police seized marijuana and hashish from the back of a pickup truck pulled over in Conception Bay South earlier this year. Samuel Caines, 37, has pleaded not guilty to charges of trafficking and possessing.
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A Conception Bay South man accused of trafficking marijuana and hashish is pleading not guilty.

The case of Samuel Peter Caines, 37, came up in St. John’s provincial court Friday. Caines was initially arrested in February after the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – Newfoundland and Labrador (CFSEU-NL) seized 103 pounds of marijuana and three kilograms of hashish from a pickup truck.

According to police, a search warrant was executed and led to the discovery of a wooden crate containing drugs in the back of the truck. The vehicle was stopped Feb. 11 on the Foxtrap Access Road.

Judge Colin Flynn agreed to set over the matter until Nov. 19. A half-day hearing will take place on that day to consider an application filed with the court. The Crown is proceeding by indictment on all charges — two counts of trafficking a controlled drug or substance and two more counts of possession of a controlled drug or substance.

CFSEU-NL believes the drugs were transported from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and Labrador. Police in that province assisted officers in Newfoundland and Labra­dor with the investigation, according to a news release issued at the time of Caines’ arrest.

Caines was released from custody in February.