The two Ontario men arrested in an alleged interprovincial drug ring busted in western Newfoundland in March will have to get the disclosure of the case against them in phases.
The matters of both Jean Paul Mondoux and Andre Seguin were called in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday.
Neither of the men, who were among four people arrested as part of the Operation Backstop police investigation March 20, were in court Tuesday. They were represented by their respective lawyers, who wanted to know when they would receive disclosure of the case against them.
Crown attorney Adam Joyce told the court the disclosure involved in this particular case was so voluminous it will have to be presented to the defence in three stages. Joyce told Judge Kymil Howe that the disclosure process should be completed in time for their next court appearance, which was set for July 8.
Police described the seizure from the bust as including 50 pounds of Canadian currency, valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and five pounds of marijuana. Operation Backstop involved the RCMP's Federal Policing Operations West - Corner Brook and the Corner Brook RNC. The investigation which led to the takedown and execution of search warrants had been ongoing since 2012, in co-operation with Corner Brook RNC and the RCMP’s Serious and Organized Crime Unit in Cornwall, Ont.
The other two men involved in the bust, Terrence Michael Gallant and Bruce Patrick Hickey — both of Benoit's Cove, were also on the provincial court docket Tuesday. Their matters were called later in the day to deal with applications to vary the conditions of their release from custody.
Gallant and Hickey will have their matters called again for election and plea May 20.
Mondoux and Seguin have both been charged with trafficking in a controlled drug or substance, laundering the proceeds of crime and possessing property obtained by crime.
Gallant was charged with trafficking in a controlled drug or substance and possession of a controlled drug or substance for the purposes of trafficking. Hickey was charged with trafficking in a controlled drug or substance and two counts each of laundering the proceeds of crime and possessing property obtained by crime.