OWEN SOUNDAn Owen Sound man was handed a six-year prison sentence for drug trafficking after police made what’s believed to be the largest fentanyl seizure in Grey-Bruce.Michael Bemister, 40, of 1372 3rd Ave. E., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to two counts of drug trafficking, possession of property over $5,000 and breach of probation from Oct. 31 in Owen Sound. Sentencing was done Feb. 15.He had 31 prior convictions, including in 2017 for trafficking fentanyl and unauthorized possession of firearms, for which he received a 15-month jail sentence and two years probation. That order forbade his illegal possession of drugs.Ontario Court Justice Julia Morneau converted the sentence into days, crediting Bemister with 161 days presentence custody, which left him with 2,029 days to serve in prison. She also ordered him to forfeit a pickup truck, mandatory in the circumstances, because he drove it to get the drugs, the Crown said.Jessica Claridge, 35, who was co-accused, pleaded guilty to a breach of recognizance from Oct. 31 and was sentenced to 21 days, less presentence custody, leaving 12 days.Federal Crown attorney Elizabeth Barefoot said in her sentencing submissions, “This is the largest seizure of fentanyl in Grey-Bruce to date that I am aware of and I have been a drug Crown here since 2008.”A copy of the synopsis of the facts gathered by police, which was read in court, said city police and the OPP investigated Bemister’s drug activities at his home. They got information from a confidential source and put a tracking device on Bemister’s truck, with a judge’s authorization.Bemister drove to Brampton on Oct. 31 and a short time later drove directly back to Owen Sound. In the circumstances, police believed he possessed drugs and arrested him. Claridge was in the truck when police arrested both of them.Police said Bemister dropped a zippered travel bag when he exited the truck. It contained about 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Bemister had $560 on him.Police also found in his possession suspected purple fentanyl, in chunky powdered form — the highly potent kind responsible for numerous overdoses in Owen Sound last year, the synopsis said. There was 85 grams of it.Police also seized blue fentanyl and a beige powder believed to be about one gram of heroin.The fentanyl alone was worth $34,000, representing 850 individual sales, the meth was worth $3,000, representing 300 individual sales, and the gram of heroin was worth $400.Barefoot said Morneau remarked even though Bemister pleaded guilty early and has a serious drug addiction, his offences were so serious because he trafficked in fentanyl — which she described as one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs, so lethal it’s “staggering.”Bemister had only been out of jail for three months when he reoffended, the judge noted.Barefoot noted the fact the truck belonged to Bemister’s mother made no difference concerning its required forfeiture.A DNA order and lifetime weapons ban were also imposed.