Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

'Throwaway' drug dealer gets 30-month sentence

  • Print

Nobody from the Mad Cowz turned up in court to show support for Christopher Bohemier as he was sent to prison for slinging crack on the street gang’s behalf.

The harsh reality of becoming one of a gang’s "throwaways" was reinforced several times to the 20-year-old on Monday after he admitted to several counts of street-level drug trafficking and received a 30-month prison sentence.

"They use him, they use other people like him," defence lawyer Melina Chohan said of the common tactic employed by gang leaders to find younger people to commit crimes for the benefit of the organization — only to abandon them when they get caught and convicted.

"In the end, he’s the one going to the prisoner’s dock. He’s the one going to the pen," federal prosecutor Raegan Rankin said. "That’s your brotherhood. That’s what the gang does for you," Rankin added. "None of them are stepping up to say, ‘it’s not his fault.’ "

Bohemier was one of 10 suspects arrested in Project Recall, a months-long Winnipeg police undercover investigation into the drug-dealing activities of the Mad Cowz in the West End and downtown areas. He admitted selling undercover officers rocks of crack cocaine on three separate occasions between late March and April 7.

Street-crimes unit officers targeted the gang earlier this year by obtaining nine "dial a dealer" drug-line numbers used by them earlier this year and then working confidential informants to paint a picture of the gang’s operations. Police learned the Mad Cowz had developed several distinct drug cells in an effort to boost sales.

Leaders purchased large amounts of the drug and supplied lower-ranking members and associates with amounts to be sold one-on-one to customers on the street. It’s a convenient method of insulating "middle" dealers and gang bosses from getting caught, Judge Brent Stewart was told Monday.

Police then set up controlled drug buys at various locations in the West End to identify street-level dealers and ultimately arrest them. While the overall amount of drug purchases made by police only added up to $2,000, police have said the project put a major dent in the gang’s drug operations.

Just after Bohemier was sentenced, one of five youths nabbed in the probe also pleaded guilty to trafficking and received two years of supervised probation for his role. Rankin noted how the punishment in the adult system for the same offence nets jail time, and the youth was getting a major break by virtue of his age and lack of record.

"The gang is not here — they’re not going to be here to support him," said Stewart. "This is the only chance that he’ll be getting."

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart: NDP Self-Destruction

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local/Standup- BABY BISON. Fort Whyte Centre's newest mother gently nudges her 50 pound, female bull calf awake. Calf born yesterday. 25 now in herd. Four more calfs are expected over the next four weeks. It is the bison's second calf. June 7, 2002.
  • A red squirrel peaks out of the shade in a tree in East Fort Garry, Sunday, September 9, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you concerned about the death of a seal at the Assiniboine Park Zoo?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google