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SENTENCING - Participation in criminal organization - Trafficking - Conspiracy - Sentencing considerations - Deterrence - Denunciation - Protection of the public - Sentence imposed on co-accused - Seriousness of offence

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 8:47 AM  

Appeal by the Crown from the sentences imposed on the offenders, Alcantara and Knapczyk, for drug offences. An extensive RCMP and police investigation targeted cocaine trafficking in Fort McMurray. The offenders were tried together for offences related to a drug conspiracy, drug trafficking, and commission of offences on behalf of a criminal organization. Following exhaustion of the appeal process, the Crown obtained convictions on all three counts. The trial judge concluded the offenders were Hells Angels members affiliated with a sophisticated conspiracy to traffic in multi-kilogram...