Fentanyl dealer gets 4 years

A dealer of fentanyl, meth, heroin and cocaine will spend another 17 months behind bars after he was sentenced on three counts of trafficking in Kelowna court last week.

Behrang Khosravi was arrested in July 2016 outside the Kelowna Fairfield Inn and Suites and found with large amounts of drugs and more than $20,000 cash inside a duffel bag in his hotel room.

Police had been tipped off that a person in a red Toyota Echo had been dealing drugs in town, and they'd been tailing the car for three weeks.

Upon his arrest, police found 238.79 grams of cocaine, 69.6 grams of methamphetamine and 143.19 grams of a mixture of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine in the Echo and in Khosravi's hotel room.

During sentencing submissions, Crown prosecutor Matthew Canzer pointed out that Khosravi had shown no remorse for his actions, he was not dealing to support his own addiction and the four types of drugs he was found with were involved in the most illicit drug overdoses from 2016-2017.

“(Khosravi) was dealing death to make money,” he said.

Just over a month prior to his arrest in Kelowna, Khosravi, 28 years old at the time, had been released on bail on separate drug trafficking charges, and he was also on probations at the time.

Upon his arrest, police said they believed Khosravi had ties to organized crime in the Lower Mainland.

He was found guilty after a seven-day trial in April.

On Thursday, Justice Allan Betton handed Khosravi a four-year sentence, two years less than what the Crown was seeking.

Khosravi has been in custody for most of the time since his arrest in 2016, and he was given enhanced credit of 1.5 times for his time spent in presentence custody. His total enhanced credit was 31 months, meaning he has 17 months left of his sentence to serve.

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