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B.C. man gets 6-year sentence for cocaine bust

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A British Columbia man has been sentenced to six years in prison after getting caught entering Winnipeg with seven kilograms of cocaine.

Kenneth Tubbs, 31, learned his fate Thursday after pleading guilty to possession for the purpose of trafficking as part of a deal struck with justice officials. Similar charges against a co-accused, Trevor Mahon, were stayed by the Crown.

Police arrested the two men in October 2009 after pulling over a speeding sport utility vehicle at Portage Avenue and the Perimeter Highway. Officers then found seven, one-kilogram bricks stuffed inside the SUV. Police pegged the estimated street value at approximately $385,000.

Tubbs, a resident of Surrey, has no prior criminal record and had been free on bail since his arrest. Defence lawyer Sheldon Pinx told the Free Press his client was simply a courier bringing the drugs from one location to another and made a terrible error in judgment.

The cocaine was believed to be destined for Ontario.

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