Crown appealing Saskatchewan sentences of North Okanagan men

Crown unhappy with sentences given after pair pleaded guilty in connection with largest drug bust in Saskatchewan history...

Crown counsel in Saskatchewan is appealing the sentences handed a pair of North Okanagan men in connection with the largest drug bust in the province’s history.

On Nov. 30, 2012, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice T.J. Keene sentenced Brock Ernest Palfrey to 18 years less time served after Palfrey pleaded guilty to seven counts, and sentenced Troy Ernest Swanson to 11 years in prison, less time served, after Swanson pleaded guilty to two counts.

Palfrey pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, one count of instructing commission of an offence for a criminal organization and two counts of failing to comply with conditions.

Swanson pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully importing cocaine into Canada and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Both were arrested in October 2011 in the North Okanagan.

Crown is appealing both sentences on the grounds that neither is a fit sentence.

In Palfrey’s case, Crown is arguing his sentence “did not reflect the gravity of the offences, many of which were committed while the respondent was on bail or remand,” and the sentence “adversely affects public confidence in the administration of justice.”

Crown also believes the judge erred in relation to the required consecutive sentence pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada.

They’re also appealing on the grounds the judge failed to make parole ineligible for Palfrey.

In Swanson’s matter, Crown also believes the sentence does not reflect the gravity and number of offences.

The appeals were filed shortly before Christmas.

No date for hearing the appeals has been set.