Stay in Nagra case
A stay of proceedings is in place in a fraud and money laundering case against Grande Prairie’s John Nagra.
The stay was put in place May 31 by an Edmonton court. This means the crown has one year to come up with new evidence or the charges will be withdrawn.
Nagra was charged in 2015, along with Mark Phillips, after an October 2014 ALERT bust, one of the biggest ever in Grande Prairie. Close to two kilograms of cocaine and 2000 fentanyl pills were seized. ALERT alleged at the time that Philips purchased a home from Nagra with money made from selling drugs and that the purchase was fraudulent.
Phillips later pleaded guilty to fraud and drug charges and was given a seven-year jail sentence. He was also given life, with no chance of parole for 30 years, in a separate double-murder case.
Guilty plea in May fentanyl seizure
One of two men charged after close to 700 fentanyl pills were seized in three searches in mid-May has pleaded guilty.
Joshua Anderson admitted to possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance charges during a May 31 court appearance in Grande Prairie. Two other charges were withdrawn.
Another man charged in this case, Matthew Clarke, is due back in court later this month.