Man charged with trafficking cocaine released from custody

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A Bonnyville man accused of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking was released from the Edmonton Remand Centre last Tuesday.

Allan Keith Arbour, 53, was arrested five years ago on June 8, 2013 for possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

He appeared in the Bonnyville Provincial Courthouse via CCTV on Tuesday, June 5 to address his charges.

The Crown had proposed a deal, if Arbour pled guilty to the lesser charge of  possession of cocaine, they would withdraw the possession of marijuana and failing to attend court charges.

If Arbour pled guilty, he would face a one-year probation, refraining him from possessing weapons. Instead of pleading guilty, Arbour requested bail, and was granted release.

Arbour is accused of possessing 15.5-grams of cocaine, which was found by police on June 8, 2013.

It was about 8:50 p.m., when Bonnyville RCMP were called and asked to check-in on Arbour at his residence. After speaking to the accused, he welcomed the officers into his home, inviting them to look around.

It was after taking a quick walk through the residence that officers spotted a container on the counter, which was believed to be cocaine.

After being arrested for being in possession of the drug, Arbour told police there was more hidden inside of the house.

Officers found the remaining cocaine, and charged Arbour with possession with the purpose of trafficking.

During his court appearance, Arbour denied these as being the facts.

Instead of offering a plea, Arbour spoke to bail, and was granted a $1,500 no cash bail. Under his conditions, Arbour is not allowed to possess or carry any weapons or firearms.

He will appear in the Bonnyville Provincial Courthouse to speak to his charges on June 19.

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