Minimum security appeal denied

A request to be transferred from medium to minimum security has been denied a Vernon inmate

A request to be transferred from medium to minimum security has been denied a Vernon inmate, and his appeal of the decision has been dismissed.

Brock Ernest Palfrey, born in 1986, was sentenced in Saskatchewan in 2012 for his role in one of the biggest drug busts in that province’s history.

Palfrey was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison for two counts of trafficking in cocaine, one count of trafficking in ecstasy, one count of instructing the commission of an offence for a criminal organization, one count of conspiracy to traffic and two counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.

According to the 13-page ruling from B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Duncan, who dismissed the appeal, Palfrey was assigned medium security classification in Saskatchewan.

In June 2013, Palfrey was transferred back to his home province to the Mission Institution and remained at medium security level.

In March of this year, Palfrey applied to be reclassified and transferred to minimum security with recommendations from a parole officer and agreement from a correctional officer.

The decision to approve Palfrey’s request rested with the warden of the Mission Institution, whose refusal to grant the wish was based on believed-to-be-reliable information that, in July 2014, Palfrey was responsible for nicotine patches entering the Institution through visits, though the information was not corroborated.

In November 2014, the warden indicated Palfrey was “planning to organize downers and steroids to come in through a social,” and a “throw-over involving oil and steroids.” Palfrey denied any involvement in both scenarios.