Man charged in connection to drug bust near Biggar has another court appearance

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A man charged in connection to a police raid north of Biggar last year has upcoming appearances in three different courts on drug and weapons charges.

Kurt Miller, 39, had an appearance in Regina last week. He is now scheduled to appear in Saskatoon and Regina Provincial Courts on March 11, and North Battleford Provincial Court on March 25.

Miller has a trial tentatively scheduled in North Battleford Provincial Court for May 2021. Last month a Vancouver lawyer representing Miller asked for time to go over disclosure and said there may be a global resolution in all of Miller’s matters. He also said there are some factual and charter issues.

Miller was arrested in May 2020 during a traffic stop in Regina. The next day, police raided Miller’s rural property 27 kilometres north of Biggar and arrested Mitch Hutchinson, 49.

As a result of the traffic stop by Regina Police, Miller was charged with drug trafficking offences. He was also charged with possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and breach of probation. After the rural property search near Biggar, Miller was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possessing proceeds of crime over $5,000 and 16 firearms-related charges.

In July 2020, Hutchinson was sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Saskatoon Provincial Court. The court heard that Hutchinson mistakenly shot an RCMP officer thinking the officer was a coyote in the bushes surrounding Miller’s house. The officer was treated immediately for minor injuries.

The Saskatchewan RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit raided the rural house in the R.M. of Glenside on May 14, 2020.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist