Woman trafficked cocaine ‘socially,’ not on commercial scale, rules judge

Convicted cocaine trafficker Serenus Bryan won’t face a three-year sentence – the starting point for commercial cocaine trafficking – after a NWT Supreme Court Justice ruled on Tuesday the 51-year-old trafficked the drug “socially.”  In court, the distinction is important. It can mean longer or shorter sentences for offenders convicted of trafficking drugs. A jury...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.