POLITICS

10-year jail term handed to man for drug, weapons charges in Yukon, Newfoundland

01/19/2012 08:28 EST | Updated 03/20/2012 05:12 EDT
WHITEHORSE - A 22-year-old Victoria man who pleaded guilty to various drug and weapons offences in Whitehorse and Newfoundland has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

However, with time served, Rico Zanolli will spend only six years in a federal penitentiary.

Zanolli was sentenced by Yukon Supreme Court Justice Ron Veale Thursday to five years each for the charges in Yukon and Newfoundland.

The judge also banned Zanolli from possessing firearms for the rest of his life and ordered him to provide samples of his DNA.

Prosecutors claim he was in the territory to collect on a drug debt, and Zanolli earlier admitted to extorting $11,000 from one man, shooting another in the arm, and threatening to kill family members of another man in late 2009.

The Newfoundland charges stemmed from a cross-Canada drug bust involving a group from Victoria, but the Yukon charges were not a part of that group. (CKRW)