Drug traf­ficker gets 40 months

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - KEITH FRASER kfraser@post­media.com

A Rich­mond man who pleaded guilty to traf­fick­ing one kilo­gram of heroin and fen­tanyl has been sen­tenced to 40 months in jail.

Gary Gur­preet Dhillon, 26, was one of four men ar­rested and charged fol­low­ing an un­der­cover po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion dubbed Project Tar­iff. Un­der­cover of­fi­cers pos­ing as drug users dis­cussed ways of ob­tain­ing drugs with sev­eral tar­gets, in­clud­ing Dhillon, a fa­ther of two young chil­dren who was em­ployed at an ap­pli­ance store where drug use was a prob­lem.

When the sub­ject of fen­tanyl came up, he said he could get “lots” of the deadly drug and pro­vide an amount po­lice in­ter­preted as be­ing in kilo­grams.

In July 2017, the un­der­cover of­fi­cers gave Dhillon $70,000 cash. Nine hours later he pro­vided them with the kilo, which con­tained heroin and a small amount of fen­tanyl. The money was never re­cov­ered.

Af­ter he was ar­rested in Au­gust 2017, Dhillon ad­mit­ted his role but said he didn’t think what he’d done amounted to traf­fick­ing. He said he was paid $1,000 to con­nect the dealer with the pur­chaser.

In im­pos­ing sen­tence on Dhillon, B.C. Supreme Court As­so­ciate Chief Jus­tice Heather Holmes said she agreed with Dhillon’s lawyer, Ja­son Tarnow, that the things Dhillon told po­lice were more in the na­ture of bravado and that his ad­dic­tion to drugs needed to be taken into ac­count.

How­ever, Holmes also agreed with Crown prose­cu­tors that ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances in­cluded the ter­ri­ble harm fen­tanyl in­flicts on the com­mu­nity and that a large quan­tity of drugs was in­volved. Af­ter giv­ing Dhillon credit for pre-sen­tence cus­tody, the judge re­duced the sen­tence to 36 months.

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