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Witness in drug trafficking case is arrested for selling drugs in court

By Mason White 10:00 AM December 14, 2016
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A man in Canada, who came to court to testify in defense of woman who was charged with drug trafficking, was arrested for selling drugs in court.

Officers in British Columbia, were in court when they arrested the witness in the drug trafficking case when he was caught trafficking cocaine inside the Terrace Courthouse.

Hugh Robb was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was later brought back to the same court, and this time, he was in police custody.

Inspector Syd Lecky of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), said that this is the first time in his 20 years in the force that a defense witness was arrested for actively dealing with drugs in a court of law while waiting to give evidence during a trial.

Authorities became suspicious of Robb after hearing a comment that he made to someone. They kept a close watch on him and then witnessed activities near the restrooms that appeared to be consistent with drug trafficking.

After the search, officers found numerous packages of cocaine on the suspects and they were arrested.

Robb was scheduled to testify as a witness in defense of Ellen New, who was on trial on unrelated drug charges.

After Robb’s arrest, New pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her.