Cocaine trafficking case against N.B. Mountie delayed again
Const. Albert Michelin's bail hearing adjourned at lawyer's request
A suspended member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who is facing three cocaine trafficking-related charges in New Brunswick has had his bail hearing adjourned again.
Constable Albert Michelin, 50, is charged with trafficking cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
The 23-year veteran of the RCMP made a brief appearance in Moncton provincial court on Wednesday, handcuffed and wearing civilian clothing — a red checkered button-up shirt and jeans.
No details about the allegations were relayed.
Michelin had been stationed on the Tobique First Nation in the northwestern part of the province, near the Maine border, since 2010.
He previously spent 18 years as an officer in Labrador, where he grew up.
Defence lawyer David Lutz requested the matter be set over. He said he wants to get all of the facts first to avoid wasting the court's time. He plans to meet with Michelin over the weekend to discuss his case, he said.
Michelin will return to court on Dec. 10 to set a date for a bail hearing.
He did not address the court on Wednesday, other than to say he has a hearing problem. He was provided with a hearing device for the proceedings.
Michelin was arrested last Friday in Moncton following an 11-month investigation by the RCMP's federal operations unit in Nova Scotia.
The New Brunswick RCMP had asked the unit in January to investigate allegations that Michelin was trafficking in illicit drugs.
Michelin has been suspended from duty, with pay, since early 2012 due to unrelated code of conduct investigations, the RCMP have said.
He was originally scheduled to have a bail hearing on Monday, when he was charged, but the matter was adjourned until Wednesday.