Ex-Bomber wins bail in crystal-meth case

DAVID SCHMEICHEL -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 6:53 AM ET

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Eddie (Earthquake) Blake was granted bail yesterday afternoon, along with four other people arrested in a massive crystal meth bust. Blake, a former lineman for the Bombers, was one of 17 people arrested or charged last Wednesday, after police busted a crystal meth ring and seized $14.5 million worth of drugs.

He faces charges of conspiring to produce methamphetamines and possessing and transferring a restricted weapon. For the last few days, the Crown suggested it would oppose his release on bail.

But it was a different story in court yesterday, when the Crown consented to Blake's release -- along with the release of four others still in custody -- providing the men adhere to a strict set of bail conditions.

Blake was released on his own recognizance in the amount of $50,000 and a surety in the same sum. He was also required to post $40,000 cash up front.

His bail conditions require him to stay in the province, surrender his passport, make personal appearances in court and abide by a curfew between midnight and 8 a.m.

Outside the hours of the curfew, he's only allowed out of the house for work purposes or for medical emergencies. He was ordered not to go to airports, train stations, bus stations or the U.S. border and was prohibited from possessing a long list of weapons.

Blake has publicly denied involvement with the drug ring. He told The Sun last week "I'm innocent of all these charges, with the exception of one."

Blake admitted he had a loaded handgun in his home when it was searched but claimed police advised him to purchase the weapon after he received three death threats in the last year.

Blake was one of 10 Manitobans charged in the bust, which netted police more than 20,000 pounds of ephedrine -- a main ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine. They also seized approximately $3.5 million in cash.


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