June 22, 2015 - 8:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - A local dial-a-dope dealer will see three and a half more months behind bars after pleading guilty in Kamloops Supreme Court to two counts of drug trafficking today, June 22.
Adam Duhamel, 34, was arrested in May after investigators obtained his number and began texting him for drug deliveries in an undercover operation. Duhamel earned $170 by selling a total of 1.79 grams of meth to an undercover RCMP officer in October 2013.
Crown prosecutor Anthony Varesi said Duhamel “demonstrated a willingness to be involved in future sales,” and told the officer about his ability to obtain more drugs. Varesi suggested a nine-month jail sentence.
While the transaction was simply texting to receive drugs, Duhamel’s lawyer, Jeremy Knight, said his client was not part of a dial-a-dope ring.
“He’s not a drug dealer, he doesn’t work for anybody. He doesn’t work for the higher level trafficker,” Knight said, adding the accused was a “people pleaser” using his personal cell phone. After presenting letters of support from Duhamel's father and roommate, Knight requested his client receive credit for time served along with probation.
“If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck; there are many species of duck,” Justice Ian Meiklem said adding there are many different types of dial-a-dope operations. ”You may have been an entry-level person in that qualification of dial-a-dope."
Meiklem handed Duhamel a six month jail sentence after he was unsatisfied with the accused’s plan for remediation after his release.
“If you had a fully developed plan for how you were going to go about rehabilitation, I would consider a probationary type disposition,” he said.
With time served, Duhamel has three and a half months remaining at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre.
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