PICTOU – An 18-year-old Pictou man who pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine was sentenced to three years in federal prison Tuesday.
Travis Alexander Paul Greencorn turned to his mother with arms open just after Pictou Provincial Court Judge Del Atwood asked him to sit with sheriffs at the front of the courtroom.
After mother and son embraced, Greencorn sat on a small wooden bench and listened as Atwood told him that his choice to become involved in the illegal drug world would cost him his freedom.
“Trafficking this type of substance in a community has a direct impact on public safety,” said Atwood. “Drugs with firearms is emblematic of the level of danger this sort of trade poses to the public.”
Greencorn was charged last November with trafficking cocaine and possessing a sawed-off shotgun after the Pictou County Street Crime Unit exercised a warrant to search a Denoon Street apartment owned by Greencorn and his brother, 21-year-old brother Matthew.
During the search, police located 55 grams of cannabis, 1,000 grams of marijuana and $1,200 in cash as well as a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition for a .22-calibre rifle and 12-gauge shotgun.
As they were about to conduct the search, they witnessed two people leaving the apartment. They both gave statements to the police and spoke specifically of purchasing drugs from Greencorn.
Matthew was not in the apartment at the time of the arrest, but was later picked up by police. He pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced to a year on the trafficking charge and another 120 days on the firearm charge, to be served concurrently to the drug charge.
Federal Crown Bronwyn Duffy said Greencorn’s pre-sentence report depicted a “bright, young man” who was involved in sports when he was in school and had plans to be part of the military or attend university. She said he has the support of his family who was with him in court.
Duffy said Greencorn accepted responsibility for his actions, but he made a statement in the report that the entire experience allowed him to socialize, make money and that he regrets getting caught. She said he commented in the presentence report that trafficking cocaine “gave him street smarts” and helped with business skills.
Provincial Crown attorney Bill Gorman said having a prohibited firearm in his possession goes “hand and glove” with the drug world.
“It’s a recipe for disaster and a hallmark of the illicit drug trade,” he said.
Defence lawyer Stephen Robertson said his client was well on his way to a productive life and that his comments about acquiring better business skills by trafficking drugs is typical of a young man who has “no insight into the harm that drugs can do on both ends.”
Atwood sentenced Greencorn to three years in federal prison and also ordered the forfeiture of all firearms and drugs. He must also pay $300 in victim surcharge fines within the next 36 months.