Courtroom observers have noticed one thing that is painfully obvious at the trial for a N’dilo mother and daughter: there does not seem to be too much love lost between the two.
Vitaline Lafferty, 79, and her 58-year-old daughter Mary Anne Lafferty are both facing eight drug charges, the most serious of which is possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
They were both in Vitaline’s vehicle in March of 2016 that was stopped by RCMP near Fort Providence on its way back to Yellowknife.
Mounties recovered wholesale amounts of cocaine, marijuana, MDMA – the raw ingredient used to make Ecstasy – and liquid codeine.
The prosecution alleges that the women drove just over the NWT-Alberta boundary to pick up the drugs from a driver who had delivered them from B.C.
Although they are on trial together, the two Lafferty woman don’t seem to make any eye contact nor speak to each other.
They come and go from court separately.
In a video interview with an RCMP officer after she was arrested which was played in court Thursday, Mary Anne says her mother drove down to pick up the packages and was to be paid $1,000 so she could pay her power bill.
Not at any time does Mary Anne suggest that she or her mother knew what was in the suitcase, backpack and several shopping bags.
But she makes it clear, her mother did the job for the money and that she was essentially just along for the ride, not getting paid.
Despite both pleading not guilty, the Laffertys have admitted that there were drugs in the luggage and bags they picked up.
Police were waiting for the Laffertys on the highway that night after they had received phone tap information that the delivery was taking place.
It has not been made entirely clear yet in court just exactly who was paying for the Laffertys to make the courier run.
The jury trial continues Friday.