A Nanaimo woman has been sentenced to three years in a federal penitentiary after being convicted of possessing fentanyl and heroin for the purpose of trafficking. (News Bulletin file photo)

A Nanaimo woman has been sentenced to three years in a federal penitentiary after being convicted of possessing fentanyl and heroin for the purpose of trafficking. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo woman sentenced to three years for trafficking heroin and fentanyl

Courtenay Cross will serve another 27 months after factoring in time already served

A woman from Nanaimo has been sentenced to 36 months in a federal penitentiary for trafficking heroin and fentanyl.

Courtenay Serah Cross, 44, appeared in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo on June 19 via video due to COVID-19 precautions.

Cross’s conviction and sentencing resulted from a police investigation into drug activity at 512 Albert St. in downtown Nanaimo in January of 2017 when Cross was arrested with another man and police found heroin and fentanyl in the residence.

Cross was to be sentenced for one count of possession of heroin and fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of cocaine in June 2019, but she did not appear for her sentencing hearing, so a warrant for her arrest was issued. She was apprehended in December and has been in custody since.

The Crown and Cross’s defence advanced a joint submission to the court for a sentence of 36 months in custody with nine months credited for time already spent in custody and for Cross to serve the remaining 27 months.

Justice Paul Riley noted the sentence was “appropriate and necessary” since Cross had been convicted of possessing for trafficking potentially deadly drugs.

“Ms. Cross has personal experience with the dangerous nature of heroin, having lost two friends to heroin overdose while she was still a teenager. It is commonly recognized that fentanyl is even more lethal and more dangerous,” Riley noted.

Cross also has a criminal record with 30 prior convictions, seven for drug trafficking offences, which had resulted in a 13-month sentence which she received after a conviction in 2013. Riley noted none of this had driven home the message that drug trafficking is serious criminal conduct with grave impacts on the community and serious consequences.

Riley said Cross had never been fully committed to dealing with her drug problem.

“I can only hope that in the time Ms. Cross will spend in the federal penal system, she will come to grips with her problem and take advantage of any programming that is available to her in that regard,” the judge said.

Riley also ordered the forfeiture of funds and other items of offence-related property seized during the execution of the search warrant, which included $800 in cash and assorted drug use paraphernalia.

“You cannot continue on the path that you were on when you committed these offences. Your conduct was not only self-destructive, but also extremely dangerous and harmful to others in the community…” the judge said. “Second … there is reason to be hopeful about your future. You should be looking forward to moving in a positive direction. That is rehabilitation.”

READ ALSO: Nanaimo fentanyl trafficker gets four-year sentence

Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BC Supreme CourtCalgary crimeDrugs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Const. Joshua Waltman brings knowledge gained from working with people experiencing homelessness in Surrey to his new role as the RCMP’s mental health liaison officer in Nanaimo where he will work with people from across society who find themselves struggling with mental health crisis. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo RCMP’s mental health liaison says his role will take persistence and resilience

Const. Joshua Waltman talks about limiting anxiety and gaining trust of people in mental crises

Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, holds information brochures for the Light the Trees campaign, part of an effort to raise $5 million for the new intensive care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Million-dollar donation has Light the Trees campaign off to a bright start in Nanaimo

Windsor Plywood Foundation supports Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation

Regional District of Nanaimo will be receiving $1.17 million from the B.C. government in COVID-19 safe restart grant money. (News Bulletin file)
Regional District of Nanaimo directors getting started on budgeting decisions

Proposed tax requisitions for 2021 range from 7.3-per cent increase to 2.2-per cent decrease

A sport utility vehicle and a Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools work van crashed on Bowen Road near the intersection with Caspers Way this afternoon. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Drivers taken to hospital after head-on crash on Nanaimo’s Bowen Road

Crash happened near Caspers Way intersection Friday afternoon

Mary Cox and Jack Plant dance in their pyjamas and slippers at the morning pyjama dance during the Rhythm Reelers’ 25 Annual Rally in the Valley Square Dance Festival in Chilliwack on June 4, 2011. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 is Square Dancing Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Square Dancing Day, Disability Day and International Ninja Day are all coming up this week

A photo from 2017, of Nuchatlaht First Nation members outside court after filing a land title case in B.C. ( Submitted photo/Nuchatlaht First Nation).
Vancouver Island First Nation calls on B.C. to honour UNDRIP in historic title case

Nuchatlaht First Nation says Crown counsel continues to stall the case using the ‘distasteful’ argument that the Nation ‘abandoned’ their land

West Vancouver Island’s Ehattesaht First Nation continues lock down after 9 active cases were reported today after a visitor tested positive last week. (Ehattesaht First Nation/Facebook)
Ehattesaht First Nation’s COVID-19 nightmare: nine active cases, a storm and a power outage

The Vancouver Island First Nation in a lockdown since the first case was reported last week

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson takes her oaths of office virtually on Thursday. (B.C. Government YouTube screen shot)
Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson named B.C.’s mental health and addictions minister

Malcolmson succeeds Judy Darcy, who did not seek re-election

Police in Nanaimo never know what they’ll encounter when called upon to check on the well-being of people. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo RCMP find ‘heart-breaking’ circumstances during wellness checks

Police offer sampling of outcomes from well-being checks over recent weeks

The Ahousaht First Nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, 2020. (Westerly file photo)
Ahousaht First Nation on lockdown over COVID-19

“Emotions are high. The anxiety is high. We want our community to pull through.”

Most Read