Jail time for Fredericton man after trailer theft, drug possession

Theft and drug offences against a Fredericton man have resulted in an almost three-year prison sentence, RCMP said Tuesday.

Dylan MaCelwain, 33, appeared before a judge on March 24 in Fredericton Provincial Court, where he pleaded guilty to possessing fentanyl, meth and Xanax (alprazolam) for trafficking purposes.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

MaCelwain’s sentencing comes after Oromocto RCMP responded to a call about a stolen trailer on Sept. 24, 2022.

Officers say they received a report that a previously stolen trailer had been located off of a trail.

“While police were on scene, a passerby advised that a suspicious vehicle was parked further up the trail,” reads a statement from the New Brunswick RCMP.

“Police located the vehicle and were able to determine that the vehicle had been involved in the theft of the trailer which had taken place earlier that morning.”

Mounties say the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as MaCelwain, was arrested at the scene.

Police also conducted a vehicle search and seized quantities of fentanyl, meth and Xanax.

MaCelwain pleaded guilty on March 24 to all charges not long after his first court date on Sept. 29, 2022. He will now spend the next two and a half years behind bars.

“The public plays an important role in helping to reduce, prevent and solve crime, including the trafficking of illegal drugs,” police said.

“Anyone with information about, or who suspects, illegal drug activity in their neighbourhood is asked to contact their local police.”

Mounties say tips can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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