Dial-a-dope operation puts man in jail for six months

'This was a commercial operation, solely for profit because he wasn't an addict at the time'

Kamloops Daily News
May 6, 2013 01:00 AM

A B.C. Supreme Court judge ignored a man's recent successful work history, sending him to jail for six months for drug trafficking.

Justin Wouters, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of selling cocaine to undercover RCMP members in September 2011.

Prosecutor Anthony Varesi said Wouters was running a so-called dial-a-dope operation, supplying cocaine through a cellphone service. He sold the undercover member $140 worth of drugs, in total, on two occasions.

Wouters has convictions for assault.

"This was a commercial operation, solely for profit because he wasn't an addict at the time," Varesi said.

Wouters was collecting unemployment insurance after he was laid off from his contract job.

Defence lawyer Fred Kaatz argued Wouters deserved an exception to the standard jail sentence for dial-a-dope crimes because of his struggles with ADHD in school and his recent work record.

Arguing for rehabilitation, Kaatz recommended a one-year conditional sentence.

Wouters has worked recently in the oil and gas industry and was being considered for a supervisory role, Kaatz said.

But B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley ruled that Wouters' circumstances were not exceptional. He imposed a six-month jail sentence, along with a 10-year firearms ban.


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