A man has been sentenced in a precedent setting drug trial in Edmonton.
Adrian Cambiazo, 21, was given a five-and-a-half year sentence Thursday afternoon for trafficking fentanyl.
He was arrested last year, in the first fentanyl bust in Edmonton.
Crown prosecutor Adam Halliday, who was looking for an eight year sentence, told Global News that they may appeal the decision.
“Certainly, my office respects the decision of Judge Anderson,” Halliday said. “We have an appeal period under which we are going to be considering the matter for appeal. Certainly, in such cases there are no winners or losers, and my thoughts are with his family today.”
Halliday added that the sentence was bitter sweet.
“As a person, as a human being, I have a lot of sympathy for this person,” Halliday explained. “I’m sad that we put a gentleman in jail today. It’s a very difficult case, he’s a very young man and he’s going to a penitentiary. He does not have a criminal record, and it’s going to be a difficult time for him.”
Halliday said that more cases need to be finished for a firm precedent, but this was a good start.
“The law is incremental and over a number of significant cases that starting point will be determined,” Halliday said. “But certainly the case that we have before us is a good place to begin.”
Judge Anderson weighed a few factors in his decision, mostly that Cambiazo is young and that he had a previously clean record.
The sentence was close to what the defence was seeking.
One of Cambiazo’s counterparts was previously given a six year jail term, and the defence was looking for a slightly lighter sentence.
These are the first two fentanyl trafficking related sentences in Edmonton. (km)