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Suspected drug dealer Desiree Lewis pleads not guilty


A woman arrested last fall in connection to a Roaches Line drug bust has entered not guilty pleas.

RCMP officers escorted Desiree Lewis, left, and Randy Stevenson as they entered the courthouse in Harbour Grace Thursday morning.

Desiree April Lewis, 23, was in Harbour Grace Provincial Court Wednesday, where duty counsel lawyer Heidi Marshall entered the pleas on behalf of Lewis’ lawyer, Kevin Baker.

Lewis and co-accused Randy Lee Stephenson were arrested last October after police executed a search warrant at a home in Roaches Line. Officers seized cocaine, oxycodone and cash. They each face five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

A two-day trial will take place in Harbour Grace Jan. 19-20.

Stephenson, 35, was also in court Wednesday. Marshall told Judge Bruce Short that Stephenson’s lawyer, Lesley Pike, still needs to receive further evidence before she can proceed.

Crown prosecutor Don Anthony said the evidence in question amounts to four pages, which he intended to send to Pike Wednesday. Stephenson’s case returns to court Oct. 5.

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Lewis and Stephenson were released with conditions last fall. A court order prevents them from having contact with each other.

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