Windsor man convicted of selling methamphetamine at Point Edward Hotel

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Richard Emery’s on-ice potential was derailed by a catastrophic injury, but the toll it took on his personal life was worse than it took on his career with the pucks.

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Emery, then a 17-year-old Windsor native and playing Junior C hockey, broke his L4 vertebra.

“There were questions about whether he would ever walk again and from that injury he would have developed an addiction to opioids,” defense attorney Neil Rooke said Thursday outside a Superior Court courtroom. of Justice of Sarnia.

Emery also suffered physical and mental abuse growing up in a home stricken with alcoholism, Rooke said.

“You tie his injury to his upbringing and you have all the trappings of a person who will become addicted to self-medication and often find themselves in the drug subculture, which inevitably leads to the crosshairs of the drug system. criminal justice,” the attorney said.

That’s what happened in May 2020. The Sarnia Police Vice Unit was investigating Emery that month amid allegations he was selling crystal meth and fentanyl at a hotel of Point Edward.

Officers were finally preparing to raid his room on a search warrant on May 27, 2020, when they saw the suspect they were looking for exit.

“And made what appeared to be a (drug) dealing deal outside the hotel,” Assistant Federal Attorney Brian Higgins said as he read an agreed statement of facts.

Emery was arrested and officers found approximately 27.5 grams of crystal meth – worth $2,200 – about a quarter gram of cocaine and $1,115 in cash hidden in his shorts. The former roofer and pipefitter had bail conditions prohibiting him from using illegal drugs and paraphernalia.

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Sarnia police said at the time that they found a woman and other drugs in the hotel room totaling nearly $13,000, but these were not included in the joint submission of the facts from Thursday.

Emery was initially charged with three counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, one count of drug possession and two counts of breaching a release order, police said. Emery, now 41, pleaded guilty only to possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking on Thursday and was sentenced to nine months in prison while the other charges were dropped.

Caylie White, a 37-year-old Petrolia resident at the time, was also charged with three counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of breaching a bail order. , police said. She was cleared of all those charges on Thursday after Emery’s guilty plea and sentencing.

The two lawyers suggested that Emery be sentenced to nine months in prison, but use remand to let him serve his sentence and a year of probation. Although the suggested sentence seems lenient, Rooke told the Sarnia-based judge that there were legitimate issues that could be brought to trial, including the search warrant.

“There were adjudicable issues,” Higgins agreed.

The prosecutor added that the amount of meth seized by police that Wednesday night nearly two years ago was not small, but was at the lower end of the traffic.

“There is a joint submission that is accepted,” Superior Court Judge John Desotti said of their proposed sentence.

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Rooke added that his client, who can no longer work due to medical issues and drug addiction, has been on extremely severe and strict bail conditions, including a GPS ankle monitor and house arrest, for more than a year. a year.

Emery is not authorized to contact White for the next year through the probation order. She watched the court session unfold on a video feed from the South West Detention Center near Windsor, where she was due to be released on Thursday.

Emery was sentenced to three months in jail about two months after the drug raid for being arrested in Petrolia when he was not supposed to leave Windsor.

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