RCMP officer charged with cocaine trafficking waives bail
Const. Albert Michelin, arrested Nov. 29, will remain in custody until at least Jan. 29
A suspended New Brunswick Mountie facing three charges related to cocaine trafficking will remain in custody until at least the end of January.
Albert Michelin, 50, is charged with one count of trafficking cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
He was arrested after an investigation by the RCMP's federal operations unit in Nova Scotia.
His lawyer, David Lutz, temporarily waived his client's right to a bail hearing in Moncton provincial court on Tuesday.
This is the third time Michelin's bail hearing has been adjourned. Lutz said he wants more time for disclosure.
Michelin, who was arrested in Moncton on Nov. 29 following an 11-month investigation, is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 29.
His lawyer hopes to address the bail hearing at that time and set a trial date.
Michelin, a 23-year veteran of the RCMP, who served most recently on the Tobique First Nation in the northwestern part of the province, has not yet entered any pleas.
He did, however, elect Tuesday to be tried by a provincial court judge.
Michelin has been suspended from duty, with pay, since early 2012 due to unrelated code of conduct investigations, the RCMP have said.
He previously served in Labrador for 18 years.