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Kamloops drug dealer to be released from prison this weekend

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July 15, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops drug dealer will have to spend one more day in jail before he's released.

Devon Black, 29, has been sentenced to time served for several counts of trafficking meth. Black was one of a dozen others arrested last year in connection to a months-long RCMP investigation.

He has been credited with more than 13 months of time served after being arrested on July 31, 2015. Black pleaded guilty to his trafficking charges earlier this month.

Court heard today, July 15, undercover officers had been posing as oil workers from Fort McMurray when they bought meth from Black on 10 different occasions.

In one of their last encounters with Black in December 2014, the undercover officers told the dealer they would be travelling back to Fort McMurray to sell meth, and wanted to meet Black's supplier after they returned.

Crown prosecutor Mike Wheeler told the court that Black agreed to introduce them to his supplier, Patrick Radies, for $500.

But Black's defence lawyer Don Campbell says his client was getting his life together when police got involved.

Campbell says police contacted the dial-a-dope line several times before Black agreed to sell to them, after telling him they would have to take their business elsewhere.

"Mr. Black was actually trying to turn his back on the drug world and rehabilitate himself," Campbell said.

Campbell also points out if it weren't for Black, officers would have had a harder time getting to both Radies, and supplier Dustin Sigouin.

Sigouin was sentenced to two years less a day behind bars last month.

On top of Black's one-day sentence, he'll have to be on probation for a year and is prohibited from possessing or using firearms for 10 years.

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