Two Abbosford men have been sentenced in relation to a bust that occurred in March in which police seized numerous drugs, including those containing fentanyl.
Karanjit Mann and Sarabjit Mann both previously pleaded guilty, with their sentencing taking place last Tuesday (Nov. 14) in Abbotsford provincial court.
Karanjit, 19, received a sentence of three years and 75 days on one count of drug trafficking and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Sarabjit, 22, received a five-year sentence on 11 drug charges and one count of possession of a prohibited firearm.
The two were among three men arrested and charged with a total of 30 offences following a bust on March 1 of this year.
The third man charged, Akashdeep Bhoot, is still appearing before the courts.
Police said the raid took place after a “pretty comprehensive investigation” that began at the start of the year.
Police executed search warrants at a home and four vehicles in central Abbotsford.
They seized drugs that included heroin and cocaine, which analysis later showed contained fentanyl, carfentanil and methylfentanyl.
Fentanyl is an opioid attributed to the epidemic in drug-overdose deaths across the province in 2016 and ’17.
Carfentanil is believed to be 100 times more toxic than fentanyl and just began showing up on the local drug scene earlier this year.
Methylfentanyl, an analog of fentanyl, is similarly more potent than fentanyl.
Karanjit also received a 12-month jail term in relation to an incident that occurred in April 2016 in which he was among three teens charged after an Abbotsford family called 911, saying they had received a death threat.
Police who responded to the call stopped two vehicles that were leaving the area.
Five males were detained, and a search of one of the cars turned up a 9 mm assault rifle and magazine.
Karanjit was sentenced on charges of uttering threats and occupying a vehicle in which there was a firearm.
Co-accused Gurjashandip (Jason) Baringh is still appearing before the courts on the same charges, while the third individual was 17 at the time of the incident and can’t be named due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.