A Kamloops drug dealer who was busted by police three times in the first half of 2020 has been ordered to spend six years in federal prison.
David Tremblay pleaded guilty on Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court to six drug-related charges stemming from a trio of incidents.
In the first instance, court heard, Tremblay was pulled over on Jan. 31, 2020, while driving along the Trans-Canada frontage road in Valleyview.
He was arrested for driving while prohibited and found to have 274 grams of cocaine, six grams of meth and nearly $3,000 in cash in a messenger bag slung across his chest. Federal Crown prosecutor Anthony Varesi said the cocaine was worth an estimated $16,000.
A few months later, on May 30, 2020, Tremblay was busted again, this time in a Summit Drive parking lot, where a passerby watched him stash a bag of drugs near a dumpster. When police located the bag, they found 62 grams of meth, 46 grams of fentanyl and 16 grams of cocaine — drugs worth nearly $9,000 on the street — as well as $1,420 in cash.
On June 24, 2020, Tremblay was under surveillance when Mounties moved in and arrested him. He was wearing a messenger bag containing about $1,400 worth of fentanyl and cocaine, as well as $4,500 in cash.
Tremblay has a criminal record that includes convictions for trafficking and extortion in 2017, for which he was sentenced to 30 months in jail.
Varesi and defence lawyer Joe Killoran pitched a joint submission for 72 months less time served.
Once he’s been given credit for the time he’s spent in jail since his arrest, Tremblay will have 51 months left to serve — four years and three months.
In addition to the prison time, Tremblay will also be prohibited for life from possessing firearms.