He may have been just the delivery man, but his role was still central to his colleagues' drug-dealing success, a judge said Thursday.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Richard Blair sentenced Ryan Adam Way to 3 years in jail. The 31-year-old man pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Way was arrested along with Jayme Russell and Aaron Kydd after Kamloops RCMP officers targeted the Independent Soldiers street gang.
For several weeks in early 2009, officer made deals for increasingly larger amounts of cocaine. The last deal officers made was to buy one kilogram of cocaine from Russell, the leader of the gang.
The drug was to be delivered by Way, and it was found in the trunk of his car when he was arrested.
Russell and Kydd pleaded guilty last year. Russell was jailed five years, while Kydd was given a sentence of 30 months.
The federal Crown asked the court to jail Way for four years, while the defence argued two years less a day was a sufficient penalty.
Justice Blair said the fact Way was not addicted to drugs made his crimes more serious, as it meant he was involved solely to make money.
"It was a commercial operation disregarding completely the disastrous effect (cocaine) has on our society and on those who become addicted to it," said Blair.
The judge added Way was not as big a player in the operation as Russell was, but his role was crucial nonetheless to the drug dealers' success.
"I don't accept his responsibility was minor," Blair said. "While it was lesser than that played by Mr. Russell, his activities were crucial to the success of the transactions. He delivered the drugs."
Way was also banned from possessing firearms for 10 years and told to submit a sample of his blood so his DNA can be included in Canada's registry of serious offenders.
His car, an older model Chrysler used as his delivery vehicle for the drug transactions, will be forfeited to the state, the judge ordered.