Jail sought for former officer

A sentencing hearing for a former police officer who pleaded  guilty last year to trafficking marijuana has been stymied by a disagreement between lawyers arguing the case.

The arrest of White Rock resident Peter Hodson followed a two-month investigation into allegations that a Vancouver constable was selling marijuana on- and off-duty.

The sentencing hearing got underway in Vancouver Provincial Court last week, but defence counsel Vincent Michaels said it was adjourned so he and Crown Joe Bellows could “have discussions” over what issues should be considered by the sentencing judge.

If a resolution is not reached, a hearing on the disputed facts may be necessary, Michaels said. The matter is due back in court June 17.

While Bellows is arguing for a minimum three-year jail term, Michaels said he will suggest a “lengthy” conditional sentence order for Hodson, to be served in the community.

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