BRITISH COLUMBIA

Longer sentence rejected for B.C. man convicted in smuggling operation

01/15/2014 01:10 EST | Updated 03/17/2014 05:59 EDT
VERNON, B.C. - A Saskatchewan court has ruled 18 years is enough for a British Columbia man convicted in a major international drug operation.

Brock Palfrey of Vernon, B.C., was originally sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in smuggling $200 million of cocaine and ecstasy into Canada, but the Crown asked for a 25-year term to reflect Palfrey's role as leader of the ring.

The court has turned down the application and maintained the 18-year term, although some adjustments were made to sentencing conditions, and more than a year of the 26-year-old's term had already been cut to account for time served.

Sentence appeals were also rejected for 27-year-old Troy Swanson and 52-year-old Bruce Larsen, both from B.C.'s north Okanagan community of Coldstream.

The court has upheld the men's original penalties, imposed in Swift Current, Sask., in November 2012.

Larsen continues to serve a 12-year term, Swanson received 11 years after both were convicted of being couriers for the operation, which moved drugs across the U.S.-Saskatchewan border and on to British Columbia for distribution. (CKIZ)