Suspects in Marijuana Grow Operation Near Admiral Appear in Swift Current Provincial Court
Joey McConnell and Tanya Barber Smith waived their right to counsel this afternoon, during their second appearance in Swift Current Provincial Court. Smith who is still awaiting a court appearance in Medicine Hat on an outstanding theft charge, had one of her 2 counts stayed by the Crown, who met with the accused prior to her second court appearance. In the matter of her Breach of Probation, her lack of a prior record, resulted in a sentence of time served, and instructions to return to Alberta. Her boyfriend, Joey McConnell was not as fortunate. With a previous 42 convictions on his record, despite having 2 of his 5 charges stayed by the Crown, McConnell was sentenced to a total of 90 days of jail time, 30 of which will be served concurrently. Neither McConnell nor Smith were implicated in the recent Marijuana Grow Operation y uncovered by Shaunavon and Ponteix RCMP, at a farm near Admiral, though when asked for an explanation as to why both McConnell and Smith had breached their probations, court was told it was to remove items belonging to Smith believed to be in the possession of Smith’s ex-boyfriend, located on the farm in Admiral. Meanwhile, the RCMP investigation continues into the discovery of a Marijuana Grow Operation valued at $30 000 and a list of stolen property. RCMP were on the scene of a farm near Admiral,following a complaint made from the landowner. The landowner had told the Shaunavon RCMP of his discovery of vehicles and a large amount of tools in his empty farmhouse. An RCMP search was undertaken and a stolen Jeep was recovered from a Medicine Hat Police file, along with a stolen cargo trailer filled with tools and construction materials were also recovered. In the house, a large amount of hand and power tools were recovered along with the Marijuana.
Joey McConnell and Tanya Barber Smith appeared in Swift Current Provincial Court today. Details of their initial charges read in Court include the theft of a laptop from Legacy Computers in Shaunavon and a Breach of Probation of not to leave their respective residences in the Province of Alberta.