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A Nova Scotia man and a woman from this province consented to being tried on charges of possession of a controlled drug or substance for the purpose of trafficking during an appearance in provincial court in Corner Brook on Tuesday morning.

Douglas Walker, who has known ties to outlaw motorcycle gangs, and Danielle Wight, who is from the west coast, were arrested during a traffic stop near Deer Lake on Feb. 8, 2017.

A search of the vehicle they were in resulted in the seizure of 2,032 doses of cocaine, 285 marijuana joints and other drugs.

They were charged with six counts each of possession of a controlled drug for the purpose of trafficking.

The two elected to be tried in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador last August and their preliminary inquiry was set for Tuesday.

However, Federal Crown attorney Adam Joyce indicated at the start of the hearing that the pair had agree to committal on the charges against them.

Joyce said he would use the preliminary inquiry time to call one witness for direct examination to provide discovery regarding Charter issues.

The witness was an RCMP officer involved in the arrest of Walker and Wight. Details of what was said during his testimony are subject to a publication ban.

Following his testimony and cross examination, Walker’s lawyer, Robby Ash, and Wight’s lawyer, Trevor Murphy, both indicated their clients were consenting to committal on the charges.

Judge Catherine Allen-Westby made it official by committing them to trial in the Supreme Court.

No date has been for them to appear for arraignment in the superior court.

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