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.

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