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Man Who Involved Mom, Unknowingly, in His Cocaine Trafficking to Serve Three Years

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    A B.C. man was sentenced to nearly three years in prison by a judge who scolded him for the "grotesque act" of getting his mother unknowingly involved in transporting $100,000 worth of cocaine.

    "Being the mother of a wayward child can be a very thankless experience," provincial court Judge Thomas Woods wrote about Christopher Mauro, who was sentenced last month to two years and 10 months in prison for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Mr. Mauro's actions on the day of the offence ... was a cowardly, self-serving ungrateful act," Woods said about an incident that also initially got Mauro's mother charged.

    The case centres on a traffic accident in February 2013. Mauro rear-ended a pickup truck with his 2009 Audi A4 at Clarke Road and Barnet Highway in Port Moody. Court documents show that soon after the crash, Mauro called his mother, who drove to the scene.

    Mauro transferred a grocery bag from his vehicle to hers, without her knowing that it contained 1.3 kilograms of cocaine. Mauro didn't know, however, that the driver of the pickup truck took a picture of him transferring the bag, because he thought it was suspicious. The pickup truck driver then showed the photo to officers at the scene. Eventually, both Mauro and his mother were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. Police subsequently determined his mother had no involvement in the drug world and the charge against her were dropped.

    Judge calls man 'ungrateful'

    The judge said Mauro, now 29, was "fortunate" to have retained the support of his mother, who attended every court appearance. "[It] is a testament to her character, her strength and her maternal commitment to someone who could be described as undeserving," Woods wrote. The judge noted Mauro was in the process of completing a plumbing apprenticeship and had the support of his employer. He also said Mauro had no previous criminal record and was genuinely remorseful.

    Woods wrote he would have given Mauro a shorter sentence had he not "placed the almost 1.3 kilograms of cocaine in your mother's possession."

    Appeal filed

    Mauro's defence had asked for a suspended sentence — which would have meant no jail time — because Mauro argued he had a crippling drug addiction, and his motivation for having so much cocaine was to pay for that addiction, rather than make a profit. The judge disagreed.

    "The court does not view you as a horrible person," Woods wrote. "But you are a person who made a very grave mistake ... Now it is necessary for you to answer for your mistake."

    Mauro's lawyer, Rishi Gill, is appealing the conviction.



    By Steve Lus - CBC/Jan. 12, 2016
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...icking-b-c-accident-grocery-1.3399098?cmp=rss
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    Author Bio

    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. Emilita
    Re: Man Who Involved Mom, Unknowingly, in His Cocaine Trafficking to Serve Three Year

    This kind of posts shows how deep a mothers love and care runs for a child.

    It also reflects a blatant disrespect for a parental figure, congratulations on the mother being supportive but frankly l think the judge made a fair call in requesting the said individual to answer for for his behavior.

    1.3kg because of a habit, pfst bullshit. Thank you for posting such interesting articles beentheretwohippie but it just goes to show that sadly the youth of my generation seem to have issues accepting consequences from their actions.

    Do the deed, take the consequences.
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