Kamloops this Week

Kamloops carfentanil dealer gets two years in prison

Derrick Keith Beckett was part of a dial-a-dope ring busted by the RCMP in 2017

  • May. 29, 2018 10:40 a.m.

— Kamloops this Week

A Kamloops drug dealer has been handed a two-year sentence in a federal penitentiary after selling carfentanil, a lethal synthetic opioid, to an undercover police officer.

RELATED: B.C.’s top doctor cites ‘trial batch,’ as possible link to rash of drug overdoses

Derrick Keith Beckett pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court on Monday to two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance — one each for methamphetamine and carfentanil.

The charges date back to consecutive days in September 2017, when Kamloops Mounties were using undercover operators to conduct drug buys from local dealers.

Court heard Beckett, 45, was part of a dial-a-dope ring selling “side” and “down” — street names for meth and heroin, respectively. Beckett sold $40 worth of meth to an undercover operator, followed by a $50 transaction the following day, in which he turned over 0.2 grams of meth and 0.1 grams of carfentanil.

RELATED: More than 1,400 people in B.C. died of drug overdoses in 2017

According to Health Canada, carfentanil is used to sedate large animals like elephants and is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. The BC Coroners Service has said carfentanil was detected in 81 B.C. overdose deaths between June 2017 and March.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Coldstream surf shop welcomes winter with paddle

Winter Chill event Saturday, Dec. 21, on Kal Lake is ‘food’-raiser for food bank

James and Jamesy return to Vernon for more Christmas tea

Their Dec. 19 show explores friendship, the joy of giving and a celebration of the imagination

Vernon hospital purchases equipment with help from TB Vets

Video laryngoscope has been high on VJH priority list for lengthy period of time

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Up to 25 cm of snow is expected to fall in the region by Thursday

Armstrong thrift store set for renovations

The Bargain Bin will close facility Jan. 14, but open small retail outlet in Oddfellows Hall

‘A loud sonic boom’: Gabriola Island residents recount fatal plane crash

Area where the plane went down is primarily a residential neighbourhood, RCMP say

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Almost 14,000 Canadians killed by opioids since 2016: new national study

17,000 people have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisoning

Chevron move to exit Kitimat LNG project a dash of ‘cold water’ for gas industry

Canada Energy Regulator approved a 40-year licence to export natural gas for Kitimat LNG

Summerland planning asset management work

Improvements needed to infrastructure for utilities

Community Foundation provides funding to Summerland organizations

More than $18,000 in grant funding given to Recope, the arts council and the food bank

B.C. cities top the list for most generous in Canada on GoFundMe

Chilliwack took the number-two spot while Kamloops was at the top of the list

Two in custody after allegedly assaulting a group of nine youths

The suspects were apprehended by police near Highway 33 and McCulloch Road

Most Read