December 18, 2022 – 11:30 AM
A Vancouver Island man, who was residing in a luxurious lakeside Vernon residence and dealing giant quantities of medication, has been sentenced to 6 years in jail.
Police discovered a kilogram of cocaine, together with 200 grams of fentanyl, money and enormous portions of different medication once they busted Parmveer Singh Bhangu and three others in October 2019.
Bhangu was residing in an residence he rented on the Strand Lakeside Resort in Vernon, which was getting used as a distribution centre the place he would kind, minimize and bundle medication.
At an earlier sentence listening to in October, the courtroom heard how Bhangu was on the higher mid-level of drug sellers who had been in command of a meticulously well-organized distribution centre.
The cocaine discovered within the apartment was minimize straight from a “brick” of the drug, which confirmed it had come from the best degree of cocaine traffickers.
The fentanyl discovered on the residence had been packaged into 2,000 street-level doses and enormous portions of MDMA and methamphetamine, together with $30,000 in money was additionally discovered on the residence. The medication have been estimated to be value between $120,000 and $140,000.
From the lakeside residence, the medication can be taken to a load home on Outdated Kamloops Highway, the place a big variety of weapons have been additionally found though Bhangu wasn’t charged with any weapons-related offences.
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When Vernon RCMP busted Bhangu in October 2019, Amber Elaine Deforge and Brock Deforge have been additionally arrested however have been each later acquitted at trial.
A fourth suspect, Future Stuart, born in 1994, is scheduled to face trial within the new yr.
Whereas the Crown painted an image that the 39-year-old was a complicated mid-level supplier, the defence mentioned he was picked up from the streets of the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver and had a continual opioid habit.
Defence lawyer Julian van der Walle mentioned Bhangu was homeless and had been approached by higher-level drug sellers and supplied the possibility to reside on the Strand Resort and work for them.
Police discovered $2,000 money in Bhangu’s room, however his lawyer mentioned he wasn’t paid properly and virtually all the cash went to the higher-level sellers.
The courtroom heard how Bhangu’s father had been deported from Canada for assaulting his mom when he was very younger, and he’d had a really turbulent childhood. He was smoking hashish by Grade 7 and was hooked on heroin by Grade 12.
The defence mentioned Bhangu suffered from extreme opioid use dysfunction and requested a three-a-half-year jail sentence.
The Crown needed eight years in jail.
Finally, on Dec. 2 Justice Alison Beames sentenced Bhangu to 6 years in jail, minus 45 days for time already spent in custody.
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