A West Kelowna man connected to an alleged case of international drug smuggling is jumping through some legal hoops this week.
Barry Michael Ready is in provincial court for a preliminary hearing, relating to charges of importing and exporting a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The 50 year old was arrested Oct. 4, 2010 along with Clifford Montgomery, 33, after police executed a “controlled delivery” of a fruit grinding machine en route to Kelowna from Argentina.
Border guards had intercepted the machine, and say they discovered 7.5 kilograms of cocaine, concealed within.
Montgomery’s charges were dropped following a court appearance last year, court records show. Charges are typically stayed at this stage in court proceedings if the Crown feels there is insufficient evidence to prove the charge.
Tariq Aslam and Victor Rodriguez, who extradited back to Canada from California, are still awaiting trial.