Victoria dealer sees jail time after police find more than 150 grams of drugs

Heroin fentanyl mix, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl found in Pandora apartment

In August alone, there were 62 illicit drug toxicity deaths with fentanyl detected in the province according to the British Columbia Coroners Service. (THE NEWS/files)

A man dealing fentanyl, methamphetamine and other drugs on Victoria streets has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Ernest Wayne Bourdeau was charged with four counts of trafficking after police searched an apartment on Pandora Avenue. In the apartment, police found Bourdeau and another man, along with 172 grams of various drugs including a heroin fentanyl mixture, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and powdered cocaine. In addition to the drugs, eight bundles of cash totalling $40,000 were seized and almost two grams of fentanyl was found.

READ ALSO: West Shore teen who died of suspected fentanyl overdose remembered as ‘kind’, ‘bubbly’

According to a pre-sentence report, the 51-year-old had a dysfunctional childhood, involving physical and emotional abuse. His father, dealing with substance use and alcohol issues, spent lengthy periods in jail. Bourdeau was previously diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorder.

Bourdeau first used drugs at the age of 19, dabbling in marijuana and LSD, eventually developing a dependency on cocaine and crystal meth. Prior to his arrest, Bourdeau was using crystal meth daily but does not believe he is in need of treatment.

READ ALSO: Addiction ‘cuts both ways’ says judge sentencing fentanyl dealer with long history of drug charges

A psychological report ordered by the courts stated the psychologist was not convinced by Bourdeau’s presentation as a “hapless addict who just got caught up in selling drugs for bare existence,” adding that he did not express remorse, nor an understanding of the “potentially serious effects his offences have upon his clientele.”

The Crown sought a sentence of six years, while defence asked for a sentence of three to four years. The judge deemed a five-year custodial sentence was fit.

Bourdeau has been in custody for a total of 930 days since his arrest. He was sentenced Oct. 7 in the B.C. Supreme Courts



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Disturbing sexual, criminal trends with Greater Victoria youth on the rise

Family counsellors see unprecedented rise in youth sexual assaults and exploitation of children

Flurry of Yuletide activities coming to Sidney

Sidney Business Improvement Area Society and members organize festive events

Russell Books marks opening of new location by setting Guinness World Record

Store stacks world record books more than six metres high

Petition calls on province to cover transfer fees after Island adoption centre closes – again

‘Choices clients weren’t told the ship was sinking,’ says would-be parent

PHOTOS: 11th annual Gingerbread Showcase comes to Victoria

Bakers spent more than 100 hours perfecting their creations

VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Batten down the hatches: Wet and windy weekend on the way for coastal B.C.

Environment Canada issues special weather warning for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

Most Read