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Drug trafficking trial winding down

It appears the Crown has wrapped up its case against two men accused in connection with a cocaine trafficking scheme that dates back nearly five years.

The trial of Brent Derrick Nagy and Mark Robert Zagar began on Tuesday afternoon before Justice Alison Beames and late Friday morning the Crown indicated they had called all their witnesses.

However, they elected not to close their case because of pending changes to admissions of fact that were filed for the judge at the outset of the trial.

The defence has indicated they will not be calling evidence, so when the case returns to court, it is expected closing arguments will get underway.

During evidence on Friday, the court heard from police officers who were involved in the surveillance of vehicles leading up to the Aug. 22, 2006 arrest of Nagy in Hope.

On Aug. 22, Const. Trent Marshall was at a meeting at the southeast district RCMP office when he learned surveillance was underway on a man that had been identified to him as Kevin Nagy.

He joined the surveillance and first spotted a white Chevrolet pickup that was of interest to officers shortly before 4 p.m. that afternoon in West Kelowna.

Officers followed the vehicle as it drove down the Connector and as the truck neared Merritt,

Marshall said he looked at the driver and testified it was the same man he saw outside his offices on Aug. 18.

The truck eventually ended up in an alley near 152nd Street and Highway 10 in Surrey where Cpl. Dave McKenzie watched as two individuals interacted in the alley.

After the truck left, it was followed by officers and pulled over in Hope.

At that time, the driver was identified as Brent Nagy, not Kevin Nagy as was earlier suggested to officers.

Nagy faces a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking in connection with the date of his arrest, as well as a charge of trafficking a controlled substance.

Zagar is charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance.

Their arrests came after a four-month RCMP investigation, dubbed E-Pistachio, in the summer of 2006.

At the time the charges were laid in 2007, RCMP alleged the Kelowna men were part of a group that trafficked multiple kilos of cocaine that came from multiple sources, with the drugs typically being distributed within the Central Okanagan.Two other men charged along with Zagar and Nagy were tried separately and recently sentenced to prison terms.

cwierda@kelownacapnews.com

 

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