A suspended B.C. government aide is facing a second round of drug-trafficking charges after police stopped his vehicle early Thursday for suspected traffic violations.
Marshall Smith, 31, appeared in provincial court Thursday on two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and crystal methamphetamine and three counts of breach of bail conditions.
Mr. Smith, wearing a grey T-shirt, was remanded in custody until July 20, when he is scheduled to make his next court appearance.
Mr. Smith was on medical leave from his job as a Liberal government ministerial aide when he was first arrested on Canada Day.
Following his first arrest, he was charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.
Solicitor-General Rich Coleman said at the time that Mr. Smith had been suspended without pay.
Mr. Smith acknowledged he had problems with alcohol and amphetamines.
Andy Orr, a government spokesman, said Mr. Smith's status with the government remains unchanged after his second arrest. He still is under suspension without pay, said Mr. Orr.
Mr. Smith most recently worked for Murray Coell, the minister of community, aboriginal and women's services, but also worked for Ted Nebbeling, minister of state for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic bid.
Victoria police Chief Paul Battershill said police in an unmarked car stopped a black Ford Explorer at 2:45 a.m. Thursday in downtown Victoria. The vehicle was being stopped for suspected traffic violations, he said.
The driver of the vehicle was handcuffed and arrested at the scene.
A search found about 15 grams of cocaine, an undetermined quantity of crystal methamphetamine, a cell phone and about $5,000 in cash, Chief Battershill said.
Mr. Smith made statements in a television interview following his first arrest that he has addiction problems but does not deal drugs.
"We're not trying to pillory Mr. Smith," Chief Battershill said. "We certainly weren't targeting him."
Chief Battershill advised Mr. Smith to get a lawyer and "he should probably get some help because he's obviously in serious trouble."
The police called a news conference to announce the arrest because the case quickly became high profile and police didn't want the information to leak out, he said.
"(Mr. Smith) certainly went in the media following that (first arrest) and outlined his view of the circumstances," Chief Battershill said.
Police have also issued a warrant for the arrest of an unidentified male who was in the vehicle with Mr. Smith on Thursday morning, he said.
The male appeared to be suffering from a drug overdose at Victoria police headquarters and was taken to hospital where he subsequently fled, said Chief Battershill.
He said the second man was not connected to the government.
Victoria police said there was nothing to indicate a link between Mr. Smith's first arrest and an earlier drug investigation that spawned a separate investigation leading to the legislature raids.
In December, police searched the offices of David Basi, a ministerial assistant to Finance Minister Gary Collins, and Robert Virk, an assistant to former transportation minister Judith Reid, carting away boxes of documents.
No charges were laid and police stressed no elected politicians were suspected of any wrongdoing.
Mr. Basi was fired and Mr. Virk suspended with pay pending resolution of the investigation.