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Dial-a-doper going to jail

A North Okanagan man arrested in connection with a local dial-a-dope operation will be headed to jail. 

Dana Kirton, 27 was sentenced to two years in jail for his role in the operation.

At the time of his arrest, RCMP found cocaine and heroin for the purpose of sale, along with a number of weapons, including two collapsible batons and a 10-inch knife

It was later discovered some of the drugs were laced with fentanyl.

Kirton's arrest followed an RCMP surveillence of the Dodge Ram he used for his deliveries.

In his sentencing, Justice Richard Hewson stated "there is no evidence whatsoever that any of the members of our community died from a drug overdose caused by fentanyl sold by Mr. Kirton. At the same time, it is impossible to ignore the number of Vernon residents who have died from drug overdoses in recent months."

In the year of Kirton's arrest, (2017) there were 17 overdose deaths in Vernon in the first 10 months of the year.

Kirton will also have to abide by a list of conditions that include providing a sample for DNA registry, and a lifetime ban on firearms.



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