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Alleged gang associate from Abbotsford sentenced

A man who police previously identified as a gang associate has been sentenced to 28 months in prison on charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a firearm contrary to order.

Manraj Singh Gill, 25, pleaded guilty to the two charges and was sentenced Dec. 6 in Abbotsford provincial court, where he was also given a lifetime firearms ban.

Two others counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking were stayed.

Gill was arrested in Abbotsford in early September by the Abbotsford Police Department’s emergency response team, in coordination with the drug enforcement unit.

A search of his residence turned up two ounces of heroin, three ounces each of meth and cocaine, and more than $6,000 cash.

Ammunition for a 9 mm pistol and a .308 rifle were also located, while a small amount of heroin and a “zip gun” (an improvised firearm) loaded with a .22 calibre bullet were found in Gill’s vehicle.

At the time of his arrest, Gill was on two years’ probation after serving a nine-month sentence for possession for the purpose of trafficking and unauthorized possession of a firearm in Abbotsford.

He was released under a 10-year firearms and weapons ban.

Gill is still facing an attempted murder charge in Strathmore, Alta. for allegedly stabbing a man multiple times in 2007.

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