Steevens Pedini, Dave Hurdle-Guillette, Pierre Hamelin and Jonathan Royer were sentenced on Tuesday to imprisonment for their involvement in the project wall against drug traffickers in the Granby area.
The police operation took place in June 2016, but most of the accused committed to pleading guilty to the end of 2017 and the sentences have been passed since the beginning of 2018 at the Sherbrooke courthouse.
Pedini was sentenced to 45 months in prison by Judge Martin Bureau of the Superior Court.
“Although I find that the joint suggestion is not very severe given your history, the recidivism and that you participated in these crimes practically when you left prison, I will respect the lawyers’ recommendation because it does not appear to me unreasonable and is not contrary to public order, “said Judge Bureau.
Steevens Pedini pleaded guilty to conspiracy to smuggle cocaine and drug trafficking. He was responsible for the sale of methamphetamine for part of Granby.
Once the provisional detention is cut off, Pédini will have to spend another 12 months behind bars. Steevens Pédini collected the royalties of several salesmen that he handed to André Madore who, in turn, handed over the money to Sherbrooke chapter of the Hells Angels.
Pedini was captured on the “bodypack” type record used by the undercover civil agent (ACI) who worked on this file.
The one that Pedini used to do fieldwork, Dave Hurdle-Guillette, joined him in the cell block.
Twelve months for Hurdle-Guillette
Hurdle-Guillette was sentenced to 12 months in prison for his involvement in three crack transactions in this investigation.
He pleaded guilty to trafficking and conspiracy to smuggle drugs.
Sentence executed in September
Jonathan Royer, 34, who recognized cocaine trafficking was sentenced to six months less a day and 75 hours of community work. He was used as deliverer by Eric Bissonnette, placed higher in the hierarchy.
The imposition of the sentence has been postponed until 1 September. Royer, however, had to justify this postponement for humanitarian reasons before Judge Bureau.
“I’m always surprised that people who have family responsibilities embark on this kind of traffic either for greed or any other reason,” Judge Bureau said.
Without a judicial record, Royer remains an asset for the company according to his lawyer Jean-Pierre Gagnon.
“My client had a fairly pronounced difference in judgment. We are talking about a dozen transactions where my client served as mail. It realizes the damage to the company of this type of activity “explained his lawyer.
Pierre Hamelin was sentenced to six months in prison for his involvement and 75 hours of community service on a two-year probation.
Hamelin was preparing the cocaine sachets. His involvement was punctual in the case because of his health condition. “His participation was intermittent, punctual,” said the prosecutor criminal Laurence Bélanger.
A pre-sentence report was requested in the file.
“The pre-sentence report describes his fragile health situation. He is at a point where he has cleaned up his associates, “said his lawyer Me Mélissa Gilbert.
Hamelin has a criminal record, some of which is similar.
Long trials avoided
Guilty pleas in the wall have avoided holding two lengthy jury trials scheduled for the Sherbrooke courthouse in early 2018.
The vast majority of individuals were charged with conspiracy to smuggle cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, cannabis and hashish between March 15, 2015 and June 29, 2016 in Granby, Repentigny, Brossard and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario, and these substances in Granby and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario.
The last accused of the project wall should receive their sentence May 14 at the courthouse in Sherbrooke.