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Drug dealer sentenced to 3½ years in prison

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A man who hid his drugs and drug money in his parents’ home will be going to prison.

George G. Reay, 37, was given a 3½-year prison sentence by Justice Morris Kaufman this morning.

Reay was arrested in May 2008 and charged with possessing and trafficking methamphetamines, ecstasy tablets and powder, and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The drugs, which had an estimated street value of $60,000, were hidden in a secret compartment in his parents’ couch; $17,000 in drug money was hidden in a secret drawer in his parents’ home.

Court was told that Reay suffers from a permanent brain injury from a motorcycle accident in 2006, which forced him to give up his trade as a carpenter. He took up drug dealing shortly afterwards.

Crown prosecutor Anne Krahn suggested a 4-5 year prison sentence was appropriate for the offence.

Defence counsel Sheldon Pinx said Reay is unlikely to re-offend and will need, as a result of his disability, life-long help and counseling that he won’t get in prison.

Court was told that Reay had a drug abuse problem before the motorcycle accident, which he still has but refuses to acknowledge, and is good friends with at least two members of the Hells Angels biker gang.

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