Article by Terry Bridge, Stratford Beacon Herald
The road continues to be littered with potholes as the case involving a man accused of drug trafficking after Stratford police said they found six pounds of weed in a vehicle during a roadside sobriety checkpoint inches forward.
Despite the case already being adjourned multiple times, defence lawyer Amy Robern said Monday she needs more time to get information from a doctor who allegedly prescribed the accused, Dinh Nguyen, medical marijuana.
“I’ve made contact with him. He’s asked me for some further information that I’ll be able to provide to him,” she told the judge inside a Stratford courtroom. “He said he’ll need at least a week to review the matter.”
However, the Toronto-based doctor has yet to confirm Nguyen was a patient, Robern said. Ontario Court Justice Kathryn McKerlie asked why Nguyen can’t contact the doctor directly.
“This seems to me to be more complicated than it needs to be,” she said.
Federal Crown prosecutor Denis Harrison said Robern has kept him updated with the difficulties she’s been having.
“There is some interesting issues revolving around this,” he said.
One week earlier, Robern was struggling to get the doctor’s name from her client, who did not show up to court despite a Vietnamese interpreter being arranged for the 47-year-old Burlington resident.
McKerlie eventually adjourned the case to May 27. Robern said she expects to be able to resolve it or set a date for trial at that time.
Stratford police said they allegedly found the sizeable amount of weed while stopping approximately 700 vehicles at checkpoints around Stratford, St. Marys and Perth South on Dec. 11. The drugs were seized and two male occupants from Burlington were arrested, police said at the time.