SASKATOON – The case against a Saskatoon pharmacist accused of drug trafficking has finally made its way to the case management phase for pre-trial preparations after numerous adjournments.
On Nov. 30, in Saskatoon Provincial Court, case management for Jenna Ternan, 41, was scheduled for Dec. 12. During case management, defence, the Crown and judge go over issues to be dealt with during a trial, if needed. It is closed to the media. The aim of case management is to reduce the number of issues that would have to be dealt with during a trial.
In February, Ternan was arrested as part of a major drug trafficking investigation that resulted in the seizure of more than 700 oxycodone pills alleged to have been connected to her.
In April, Ternan’s bail condition that she not be at the Northumberland Pharmacy unless accompanied by a professional, and arranged in writing, was lifted after all prescription drugs were removed from the pharmacy.
Earlier this year, Saskatoon police had raided a pharmacy in the 900 block of Northumberland Avenue, four homes, and two vehicles. They seized 20,285 grams of methamphetamine packaged in one- and two-kilogram quantities, 8,040 grams of cannabis packaged in half-kilogram quantities, more than 700 oxycodone pills, 1,038 grams of buffing agent, $12,940 cash, modified fully automatic prohibited Glock 9mm handgun with extended magazine, multiple mobile phones, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.
Ternan was charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000, unsafe storage of a firearm, and failing to hold a firearm license.
Elmer J. Hanson, 46, was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking of a schedule 1 substance, obstruction, unsafe storage of a firearm, and failing to hold a firearm’s license.
Charges against Hanson have since been withdrawn by the Crown. According to an obituary on Cherished Memories, Hanson died on May 24 this year. His obituary states, “He leaves to mourn his wife Jenna.”
Others charged include Mohamed Jomha, Liban Ali, and Kennieth James Pauls. They were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession for the purpose of trafficking in methamphetamine, oxycodone, and cannabis, possession of the proceeds of crime, and several firearms-related offences. The charges against Ali were stayed in April.
James has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in Saskatoon Provincial Court on Jan. 10, 2024.
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