A convicted Yellowknife drug dealer was in court Monday seeking the return of two vehicles that were seized from him by RCMP when he was arrested.
Norman Hache, 38, was sentenced to five years in prison in August of 2017 after he essentially pleaded guilty to being the ringleader of a relatively sophisticated crack cocaine drug ring operating in the city and elsewhere in the Northwest Territories.
He was not in custody when he appeared in court Monday.
Media reports last year indicated Hache had been granted day parole by the Parole Board of Canada.
It’s believed he may now be on full parole however for privacy reasons the board will not share his parole status with the media or the public.
Duane Praught, the Crown prosecutor in the case, tells CKLB that he is opposed to Hache’s request and is arguing that the vehicles should be forfeited because they were used for and during criminal offences.
He wasn’t sure if and when the judge decides the vehicles should be forfeited, if they would then be auctioned off to the public, nor was he certain where exactly the money from the sale of them would go.
The judge did not rule on Hache’s request to have the vehicles returned to him.
Both sides will be back in court on January 8 to continue the forfeiture hearing.