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Why this Kamloops drug trafficker didn't get an additional sentence for fentanyl

November 27, 2019 - 8:30 PM

A Kamloops man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to eight counts of drug trafficking charges in Kamloops Supreme Court today.

Darian Frederick Rohel, 45, pleaded guilty in September to several counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Rohel is currently in custody for an unrelated matter, a second-degree murder charge in the death of Troy Gold.

Today, Nov. 26, Kamloops Supreme Court Judge Dennis Hori sentenced Rohel for the charges stemming from May 2016. Rohel was found in possession of several quantities of drugs including: 421.8 grams of methamphetamine, 93.8 grams of cocaine, 102. 8 grams of heroin, 35. 8 grams of fentanyl, 13.1 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl, according to crown prosecutor Anthony Varesi.

The approximate value of the drugs was $48,000.

“Clearly the accused was a mid to high level drug trafficker. The circumstances are significantly aggravated by the variety and quantity of drugs in particular the presence of fentanyl,” Varesi says.

Since this case predates the B.C. Court of Appeal’s decision from 2017 which set stiffer sentences for drug traffickers dealing fentanyl, the higher range sentences for fentanyl trafficking didn’t apply, Varesi said.

Crown and defence lawyers agreed on the joint submission of three and a half years in federal prison as well as a 10 year firearm prohibition.

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