KELOWNA – One of the two Kelowna men arrested in Ontario this week for trafficking fentanyl has done time for manslaughter.
Dillan Anthony Butler, 27, and another man were arrested in Hearst, Ontario after a routine traffic stop, this week. Police found roughly $40,000 worth of drugs, including fentanyl, which has been killing B.C. residents at an alarming rate.
This is not Butler’s first time in police custody.
His criminal record in B.C. goes back to 2007 when at 17 he was charged with drug and gun possession and trafficking in Surrey. The next year he was arrested, charged with manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison for murdering 15-year-old Vancouver teen Deward Ponte, according to the victim's mother Daisy Ponte.
He was found stabbed to death in an East Vancouver park, according to CBC.
An 18-year-old man was also stabbed that night but survived.
Butler was arrested again earlier this week. At around 4:45 p.m. March 1, he and Mitchell Spurrell, 25, also from Kelowna, were pulled over on Highway 11 in Studholme Township, according to a media release.
“Police investigation revealed that the two males in the vehicle were in the possession of a controlled substance. Police located and seized various types of controlled substances with a combined estimated street value of $40,000 as well as drug paraphernalia.”
Butler is charged with trafficking more than three kilograms of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of fentanyl, an opiate so deadly B.C. declared it a public health emergency.
Butler was also disqualified from driving at the time and has been charged with obstructing a police officer.
Spurrell was also arrested and is charged with trafficking and obstruction. He has no criminal record in B.C.
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