Sparwood woman sentenced to one year in jail

Elk Valley RCMP arrested the Sparwood woman after finding a substantial amount of cocaine at a residence on January 26.

Elk Valley RCMP arrested a Sparwood woman after finding a substantial amount of cocaine at a residence on January 26.

Elk Valley RCMP arrested a Sparwood woman after finding a substantial amount of cocaine at a residence on January 26.

Charmaine M. Barrett, a 33 year-old woman from Sparwood, has been sentenced to one year in jail.

The Elk Valley RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in the 7500 block of Elk Valley Road, Sparwood on January 26, 2014. During their search, officers located and seized a total of 124.7 grams of crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia.

An average hit of crack cocaine is one-twentieth of a gram, equalling 2,494 doses. Prices vary depending on location but at an average cost of $150 per gram that amounts to $18,705 in street value.

Barrett was taken into custody and subsequently charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

The woman appeared in Fernie Provincial Court on February 4 and entered a guilty plea. She was sentenced to one year in jail, and given a lifetime firearm prohibition and a $100 victim surcharge.