A man who was charged in March following the Abbotsford Police Department’s first bust using the new armoured rescue vehicle has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Chadwyn Marcus Weber, 32, pleaded guilty Monday in Abbotsford provincial court to possession of the purpose of trafficking. In addition to his jail sentence, he was given a lifetime firearms prohibition.
Police busted an apartment in the 30500 block of Blueridge Drive on March 10 and found three people in the unit, including Weber. Police seized crack and powdered cocaine, cash and two bulletproof vests.
Weber has been in prison since his arrest.
At the time, police alleged that Weber was connected to the UN Gang. He had previously served time in prison for assault and possessing a firearm without a licence, according to the provincial court database.
The BearCat G3 armoured rescue vehicle was purchased by the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team (MIERT) and is used by the team in any of the four cities it covers – Abbotsford, Delta, Port Moody and New Westminster.
The vehicle is based in Abbotsford, which paid about 40 per cent of the $322,000 purchase price.
MIERT, which consists of officers from the four detachments, is deployed when officer and public safety is a concern during an incident that could involve weapons or other high-risk situations.