June 27, 2016 - 1:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - A man accused of being a mid-level drug dealer in Kamloops has been sentenced to two years less a day behind bars in Kamloops Supreme Court today, June 27.
Dustin Sigouin, 42, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance last week. Court heard Sigouin was charged along with 12 others July 15, 2015 after a five-month long RCMP investigation came to an end.
The investigation focused on street level drug dealers and dial-a-dope rings.
Sigouin has a lengthy record which includes 12 drug-related convictions.
Crown prosecutor Mike Wheeler told the court that undercover Kamloops RCMP officers had purchased meth from Sigouin's co-accused Devon Black on seven different occasions.
Black then introduced the officers to Sigouin, who was residing at the Star Lodge on Columbia Street at the time. On Jan. 8, 2015 officers met with another accused in the bust, Patrick Radies.
Radies entered the vehicle the officers were in and took $2,000 from them for the two ounces of meth they were planning to purchase.
Court heard Sigouin then came outside of the Star Lodge and met the officers and Radies in the vehicle, where he gave them the meth they asked for.
The next day, an officer called Sigouin's room at the lodge. Sigouin answered and identified himself as Dustin, saying he was the man who had sold them meth the day before. The officer asked to buy 15 grams of meth from him. Sigouin agreed and they arranged to meet at the nearby Wendy's.
The officers weighed the meth later and found it weighed only 13.9 grams.
Nearly a week later, officers contacted Sigouin again, asking for two ounces of meth, saying they only wanted to pay $1,800 for it. But Sigouin said they had to pay $2,200 as it was "good stuff."
Sigouin told the officers he would give them a better deal on meth if they bought in bigger quantities. He then told them he was selling 20 ounces of meth per week and his girlfriend was selling five ounces per week.
"It's apparent Mr. Sigouin was a mid-level drug dealer supplying to street level drug dealers," Wheeler told the court.
Eventually 12 people involved in drug dealing in Kamloops between September 2014 and January 2015 were charged last July.
Sigouin has been credited with 360 days served. On top of his sentence he will also have to spend two years on probation and have a lifetime weapons prohibition.
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