Mar 22, 2013 / 12:49 pm
Two men have received prison sentences after attempting to transport a large quantity of cocaine to Kelowna in 2008.
King T. Yung and Thanh H. Tran were facing a suggested sentence of five years in prison from crown prosecutors for their parts in the trafficking.
The court heard that Tran had no criminal record and had attempted to flip a home in the hot Kelowna real estate market of 2006, but ran into financial problems with the downturn of ’08. He was given a sentence of three years, after Justice Peter Rogers felt Tran had expressed regret for his behavior.
Yung received a stiffer sentence of three-and-a-half years due in part to a search of his home which turned up various drug related paraphernalia which led Rogers to believe this may not have been a one time event.
While neither man had an extensive criminal record, Rogers said they were “motivated by greed” and enticed into the scheme with their “eyes wide open,” knowing full well it was a criminal enterprise.
They pair also received a 10-year weapons ban.
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