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Fugitive Quebec man sent back to N.B. after 5 years

09/10/2011 01:09 EDT | Updated 11/10/2011 05:12 EST

A Quebec man has been brought to New Brunswick five years after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Leonard Sandy, 32, of Montreal was one of two men stopped at a check-stop by the RCMP in Hanwell in September of 2006.

They were arrested after police found half a kilogram of cocaine, some crack cocaine and a handgun in their vehicle.

Sandy did not appear for his trial and an arrest warrant was issued.

Montreal police picked him up in August for an unrelated incident. Members of the New Brunswick RCMP Drug Section escorted him to Fredericton.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to trafficking and remains in custody until a sentencing hearing on Oct. 11.

The second man arrested in 2006 — 30-year-old Vanna Priep, also of Montreal — was tried earlier this year and found guilty of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a restricted firearm.

He'll be sentenced October 7.

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