Border drug bust suspect from West Kelowna is out on bail

A West Kelowna man arrested in October in connection to an alleged attempt to import cocaine into Canada in a fruit grinding machine, has been granted bail.

A West Kelowna man arrested in October in connection to an alleged attempt to import cocaine into Canada in a fruit grinding machine, has been granted bail.

Barry Michael Ready, 50, was arrested at a ranch outside Merritt last year after border officials found 97.5 kilograms of cocaine inside a fruit grinder, from Argentina, that was destined for Kelowna.

RCMP made a controlled delivery of the machine to Kelowna and later arrested Ready and a fellow West Kelowna man, Clifford Montgomery, 33.

They were charged with two counts of conspiracy to import cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Two other men were arrested in the United States shortly after police held a press conference announcing the drug seizure.

After the arrests, Ready was also charged with importation of cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking in relation to an alleged incident earlier last year.

On Tuesday, Ready’s lawyer sought his release on bail on both sets of charges and Judge Ellen Burdett agreed to the request.

Her reasons for granting bail, as well as some of the evidence presented at the hearing, is subject to a publication ban.

To be granted release, Ready must come up with an $85,000 surety. Upon release, he will be subject to 24 hour house arrest with electronic monitoring, and can only leave to go to and from work, to visit the doctor or hospital for an immediate medical emergency and with written permission to do food shopping.

He is not to have contact with his co-accused and a number of other people.

He cannot drink, consume illegal drugs or go to a bar or liquor store and he’s also barred from possessing weapons.

He may not have a cell phone, pager or Blackberry, unless it is for work and he has the written permission of his bail supervisor, cannot leave the province without permission and has been ordered to turn in his passport.

As well, he must report weekly to his bail supervisor while waiting for these charges to be dealt with.

Ready is scheduled to return to court Feb. 10, when Tariq Aslam and Clifford Montgomery, his co-accused on the second set of charges, are scheduled to appear next.

The fourth man arrested back in October, Victor Perez Rodriguez, is still in the United States and his extradition has been sought.

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