VicPD’s Strike Force officers, in cooperation with Saanich Police, seized a large quantity of drugs prepared for distribution at a Saanich home in 2016. The seizure included 6,052 individual doses of a heroin/fentanyl mixture, 6.2 kilograms of cocaine both in powder and crack form, and 1.2 kilograms of methamphetamine. VicPD drug experts estimated the street value of these drugs to be $850,000. VicPD Photo

Trafficker pleads guilty to $400,000 fentanyl bust in Saanich

VicPD arrested Duc Khoung Pham in 2016 with drugs imported from China

  • Feb. 27, 2018 10:00 a.m.

A drug trafficker who was arrested in Saanich in 2016 with $850,000 worth of fentanyl and other drugs has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.

On Dec. 1 of 2016, the VicPD Strike Force unit executed a search of a Victoria residence that led to a Saanich residence where they discovered large quantities of hard drugs and arrested Duc Khuong Pham. The seizure included 6,052 individual doses of a heroin/fentanyl mixture, 6.2 kilograms of cocaine (in powder and crack form), and 1.2 kilograms of methamphetamine. VicPD drug experts estimated at the time street value of those drugs to be $850,000.

Another $8,425 in cash was also seized.

VicPD recommended multiple drug trafficking charges against Pham, then a 27-year-old based out of Montreal.

This week Pham plead guilty of the count of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and to three other charges and has been handed a 12-year prison sentence and will also serve a 10-year firearm prohibition.

VicPD first began working on the investigation in mid-October of 2016 when the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) notified VicPD a large shipment of fentanyl destined to a Victoria address from China. CBSA officers intercepted an initial package at the time, with 1.45 kilograms of fentanyl, an estimated value of $400,000.

A lethal dose of fentanyl can be little as two milligrams, meaning the shipment was enough to cause 725,000 possible overdoses, said VicPD.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich speculates on exemption from real estate tax

Saanich will formally ask the provincial government to opt out of a… Continue reading

Parents call for change to health laws after Oak Bay teen’s death

Accidental overdose has Elliot Eurchuk’s parents seeking change to B.C Infants Act

Tsawout hosts Saanich Peninsula community leaders at blanket ceremony

Reconciliation event meant to share the Indigenous exerience

Amazing Race Canada kicks off at Hatley Castle

Popular reality TV show will premiere later this year

WATCH:First responders score first, take inaugural Challenge Cup in Oak Bay

Ice hockey game raises funds for Cops for Cancer, encourages positive interaction with youth

Saanich pushes ahead with plans for referendum on future amalgamation talks

Saanich is moving ahead with plans to hold a referendum in the… Continue reading

Trudeau calls van attack ‘horrific and senseless’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls van attack ‘horrific and senseless,’ says no apparent terror link

Officer’s actions ‘one shining moment’ after Toronto van attack

Arresting officer’s actions ‘one shining moment’ in the wake of Toronto van attack

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Scooter crash leaves Island man with critical injuries

RCMP said a truck was making a left-hand turn when it collided with the scooter travelling through the intersection

Most Read