Nfld. & Labrador

Final conviction from major drug bust

A man was convicted in St. John's Friday for his role in a massive Newfoundland-based drug trafficking operation.

A man was convicted in St. John's Friday for his role in a massive Newfoundland-based drug trafficking operation.

Michael Sansom, 30, was the last person convicted coming out of a 2007 bust called Operation Roadrunner. Fourteen people were rounded up in the bust, and most convicted. The lengthy investigation stretched from Newfoundland and Labrador to Quebec.

In Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Justice Carl Thompson went over evidence, including police surveillance, that showed Sansom continually being seen with the other drug conspirators.

Sansom was seen taking two large suitcases from the trunk of his car while wearing gloves, even though it was 14 C at the time.

He then took the cases into a house.

When police searched the suitcases, they were full of marijuana worth an estimated $400,000. They also found one kilogram of cocaine.

Sansom was also caught on tape talking with one of his bosses in the conspiracy about cocaine.

Thompson also noted that on one occasion, Sansom was seen entering a house with a light knapsack but when he came out, he could barely lift it, and struggled to get in in the trunk of his car.

Thompson found Sansom guilty of trafficking in cocaine and marijuana, and guilty of conspiracy to traffick those drugs.

Sansom will remain out of jail on strict conditions until he is sentenced at a later date.