Smuggler caught with more drugs waiting to be sentenced

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Alex Kurial/Local Journalism Initiative

A Sarnia man waiting to be sentenced for trying to smuggle drugs into jail, has plead guilty possessing cocaine.

Lee Smith, sentenced to three years in prison just this month, received an extra 90 days after pleading guilty to a breach of bail and cocaine possession. 

The 31-year-old Sarnia man was handed the original multi-year sentence for attempting to smuggle fentanyl into the Sarnia Jail in March. While awaiting sentencing on those charges, Smith was found breaking his curfew order after police discovered him in a bank parking lot. After being arrested, court heard, a search of Smith turned up cocaine.

Defence layer Terry Brandon says Smith has been to multiple residential treatment centers over the past several years to try and deal with addiction issues.
However he has not been able to shake his substance problems. 
Justice Anne McFadyen agreed with the joint submission of three additional months for Smith.

“I understand that you have a long-standing addictions issue, and I certainly hope that you take steps to address that issue while you are serving your sentences,” Judge McFadyen said to Smith at the end of the brief 10 minute court session.

“Upon your release from custody I certainly hope that you’re able to return to the community in a sober fashion, and that you may be able to renew your relationship with your child.”

“I just want to apologize for my actions,” was Smith’s lone comment during sentencing.