Man accused of delivery drugs via drone awaiting bail, release decision

Man accused of delivery drugs via drone awaiting bail, release decision
Man accused of delivery drugs via drone awaiting bail, release decision

Published on: September 5, 2017 | Last Updated: September 5, 2017 3:23 PM EDT

Bordeaux Prison in Montreal. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette


A LaSalle resident accused of delivering drugs via drone to a Montreal detention centre is expected to find out Tuesday if he’ll be free on bail until his trial. 

Wearing a hair bun, a beard and dark glasses, Tyree Virgo, 46, testified Tuesday morning in front of Quebec Court Justice Linda Despots, who placed a publication ban on the evidence presented as well as the reasons for the decision to be rendered later in the day.

Virgo was arrested Aug. 3 after an off-duty guard at the Montreal Detention Centre spotted a drone as it flew across the Rivière des Prairies and headed toward the jail. The guard informed staff at the detention centre, who saw a man who appeared to be handling the controls of the drone across the river in Laval.

When guards at the detention centre located the drone in a yard, they found drugs attached to it. The day following his arrest, Virgo was charged at the Montreal courthouse with possessing drugs with the intent to traffic, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm while he was prohibited from doing so.

His home on Larente St. was searched following the arrest and, according to charges filed 12 days later, police seized four pipe bombs and dozens of fake identification cards. 

At the time of his arrest, Virgo was prohibited from possessing a firearm as part of a sentence he received in March 2010, after he was convicted on charges filed against him when a loaded rifle was discovered inside his sports utility vehicle on Dec. 16, 2008. The Jeep was searched by Montreal police after Virgo and two of his friends were tossed out of an after-hour club on Ste-Catherine St. Virgo threatened bouncers at the club by saying he would return to the club with “a piece.” He was sentenced to a 31-month prison term on top of the 14 months he had served from the day he was arrested.

This could be the first case of a person accused for delivery to detainees by drone in Quebec. A few other cases of air deliveries have since been recorded.

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