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Man charged after truckload of drugs seized pleads not guilty to child porn offence

This 2007 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was seized in Brooklyn last year after an investigation determined that it was loaded with illegal drugs.
This 2007 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was seized in Brooklyn last year after an investigation determined that it was loaded with illegal drugs.

WINDSOR, NS - A man facing several drug trafficking charges after a tractor-trailer loaded with drugs was seized in Brooklyn over a year ago has pleaded not guilty to possessing child pornography.

David Joseph MacDonald, 40, who according to court documents has resided recently in Frasers Mills, Antigonish County, and Halifax, was not present in Windsor provincial court on the child pornography charge Dec. 12. He earlier filed designation of counsel to be represented by lawyer Andrew Waterbury.

A not guilty plea was entered on MacDonald’s behalf. The matter was adjourned to March 13, 2017, for a pre-trial conference and to June 23 for trial and a possible charter application. The trial is scheduled to continue Sept. 11, 2017.

It’s alleged that MacDonald was in possession of child pornography images in Brooklyn between Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 2015.

MacDonald was arrested and charged with several drug-related offences after investigators in the Drug Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from the Windsor RCMP seized a large quantity of drugs from a transport truck in Brooklyn on Oct. 1, 2015. As part of an ongoing investigation, Windsor District RCMP conducted a traffic stop on an 18-wheeler on Highway 14. The truck, a 2007 Peterbilt tractor and trailer, was seized. MacDonald was the driver and lone occupant of the truck.

This photo shows some of the drugs seized from a transport truck in Brooklyn more than a year ago. David Joseph MacDonald is facing several charges.

MacDonald was charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of psilocybin - magic mushrooms - for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of LSD for the purpose of trafficking and possession of cocaine. The LSD charge was later dismissed.

On Nov. 4, MacDonald re-elected that a Supreme Court judge alone deal with the drug matters. A preliminary inquiry has been set for May 9, 2017.

Following a hearing last December, Judge Claudine MacDonald returned the transport truck to MacDonald so he could continue his employment. He is currently free on conditions. MacDonald must maintain and insure the vehicle. His mother acted as a surety, putting up $30,000 in cash or property.

None of the charges against MacDonald have been proven in court.

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca

 

- With files from Colin Chisholm

 

By the numbers

Following the search of the transport truck, police seized…

-       609.5 pounds of cannabis marijuana

-       19,800 lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) tablets

-       3.9 pounds of magic mushrooms – psilocybin

-       47 methamphetamine pills

-       A small quantity of cocaine and methamphetamine

-       The 2007 Peterbilt tractor and trailer

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