One of three people charged in relation to a drug bust in Inverness Co. has elected to be tried by judge and jury.
RCMP say members of the Inverness/Richmond Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched a home in Sugar Camp in April.
They say officers seized cocaine, marijuana, hashish, drug paraphernalia and cash.
Police say they arrested three men from Sugar Camp.
Joshua Nicholson, 31, Brendan MacAskill, 26, and Steven MacEachern, 24, all face various drug-related offences; their cases opened in April.
Nicholson elected a Nova Scotia judge-and-jury trial during an election-and-plea hearing Monday; he’s scheduled for a preliminary inquiry, which will determine if there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial, in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Dec. 3.
MacAskill and MacEachern had their hearings adjourned, and are expected back in court Aug. 27.
Nicholson has had numerous run-ins with the law in the past; he pleaded guilty to assault, uttering threats and a drug count, and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation, 12 hours community service and a fine in relation to a Dec. 2016 incident.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and six months’ probation after he pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon following a bear spray incident in Port Hawkesbury in 2012.