Sentenced to 4 1/2 years for drugs and weapons

An Abbotsford man who was charged with more than 20 drug and weapon offences in 2006 has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years for four of them.

An Abbotsford man who was charged with more than 20 drug and weapon offences in 2006 has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years for four of them.

Bhupinder Singh Jatana, 32, was convicted earlier this month of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a restricted firearm.

He was sentenced Friday in Chilliwack Supreme Court. The remaining charges were stayed.

Jatana was arrested in August 2006 after police served a search warrant at a home in the 33500 block of Rainbow Avenue in Abbotsford. He was sleeping at the time and was found with a loaded handgun under his pillow.

Police seized approximately $10,000 in cash, as well as cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Other items they located included four handguns that were loaded or had loaded magazines next to them, two machine guns with ammunition, two silencers, two rifles, gun parts for other automatic weapons, a Taser, and body armour.

Police also found evidence of a marijuana grow operation.

At the time, police said they believed the home was a “fully operational drug supply centre” that was connected to a larger criminal organization, although they didn’t name which one.

Jatana was charged with four drug offences and 19 weapons-related crimes, mostly related to unauthorized possession of a firearm and contravention of storage regulations.