Drug trafficking charge nets jail time

A Nanaimo man will serve almost two years in jail for a drug trafficking charge after police seized close to half a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine from a north-end motel two years ago.

Ricky Tran recently pleaded guilty in Nanaimo provincial court to possession for the purpose of trafficking crystal meth and received two years less a day jail time, a lifetime firearms prohibition and a requirement to submit a DNA sample.

Charges were stayed against a second man.

Police reported that the two men were stopped in early January 2010 while driving in Harewood and based on $1,200 in cash found in the car and further intelligence, a search warrant was applied for and granted for a motel in north Nanaimo, where they seized almost a pound of crystal meth.

At the time, Nanaimo RCMP called the arrests a "significant blow" to the local drug trade. Information from the Public Prosecution Service of Canada states that at the sentencing, the Crown noted an expert report stated the value to be $17,760 if sold at the ounce level, as it was packaged.

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