A mid-level Kamloops drug dealer — described in court as “a load guy” — was convicted this week on 18 charges following a bust by police in 2016 that turned up more than $150,000 worth of drugs and a loaded handgun.
Chad Bissat, 30, was charged after police, acting on a tip from a confidential informant, arrested him on March 24, 2016, and searched his backpack.
Inside it, officers found more than 120 grams of cocaine, 196 grams of crystal meth and 60 fentanyl pills — a stash worth more than $20,000 on the street.
Using what they found in the backpack as evidence, officers then obtained a warrant to search Bissat’s Brocklehurst townhouse.
Inside the residence, police found more than a kilogram of cocaine, nearly 600 fentanyl pills, 600 grams of meth, more than eight pounds of pot, more than eight kilograms of GHB and 50 vials of anabolic steroids, among other drugs.
All told, court heard, the drugs seized by police were worth more than $150,000.
Federal Crown prosecutor Anthony Varesi said police also found a loaded handgun underneath a pillow on Bissat’s bed.
Kamloops RCMP Const. Gary Gray described Bissat as “a load guy” rather than a dial-a-dope dealer — meaning he would move larger quantities of drugs than a supplier might deliver to a street-level addict.
“We believe he was at a level where he was loading drugs to certain people and certain houses,” Gray said. “It’s different than a dial-a-doper who would be taking calls and we could watch him go out and just deliver, deliver, deliver.”
Gray said Bissat operated his drug-trafficking business under the name “Biz.”
Bissat, who remains free on bail, will return to court on Oct. 29 to set a date for his sentencing.