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Fruitvale man sentenced for possession of stolen property as drug investigation continues

David Redding pleaded guilty to several charges related to Feb. 12 Bombi Summit arrest
David Redding appeared before the court on March 8. File photo

A Fruitvale man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a Feb. 12 arrest at the summit of Bombi Pass on Highway 3.

Castlegar RCMP reported finding two men in a stolen grey Volkswagen with a large quantity of suspected illegal drugs and an extra catalytic converter while they were conducting patrols in the area.

David Redding (50), was charged with possession of stolen property and failing to comply with a release order as he was on court-ordered bail conditions not to occupy a driver’s seat of a motor vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Redding appeared in Castlegar Provincial Court on March 8 and pleaded guilty to several charges. He has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and given a one-year driving prohibition plus a $500 fine for driving while prohibited. For possession of stolen property under $5,000, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail. He was also given 30 days in jail for breaching his release order.

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RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor says the related controlled drugs and substances act investigation has been forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for a full charge assessment. Redding has not been charged in the drug investigation.

The name of the second man involved in the incident has not been released as he has not yet been officially charged. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 5.

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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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