Drug smuggling suspect fires lawyer

Canada Border Services Agency reportedly found 31 bricks of suspected cocaine

By Shurtz, Delon on March 27, 2018.
Delon Shurtz – Lethbridge Herald

An Alberta man accused of trying to smuggle a record amount of cocaine through the Carway border crossing earlier in the month will have to wait a few more days to see if he’ll be released from custody.

BMG of Fort McMurray made a brief appearance Monday in Lethbridge provincial court, but instead of having a bail hearing, he fired his lawyer.

BMG, 26, told court he has hired Sean Fagan of Calgary to replace his Lethbridge lawyer and the matter was simply adjourned to Thursday. The Crown prosecutor, however, told court she is opposed to the accused’s release.

Just after 2 p.m. March 17, border officers searched an SUV and found a steel compartment under a panel. The compartment was locked from the inside and connected to the vehicle’s electrical system. CBSA believes the compartment could only be opened by pressing a sequence of buttons on the console.

Officials discovered 31 kilograms of cocaine, worth between $1.4 million and $3.1 million, and enough to produce 310,000 hits.

BMG is charged with importing drugs and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking. He appeared in court Thursday but the matter was adjourned to Monday, then adjourned again to Thursday for a bail hearing. The accused appeared both times by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

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