Kamloops murder suspect sent to prison on unrelated drug convictions

Darian Rohel was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison on the drug charges and is one of five men charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fall 2018 murder of Troy Gold

One of five men charged with murder in connection with a gangland slaying last year has been ordered to spend more than three years in a federal prison on unrelated drug convictions.

Darian Rohel, 44, was sentenced on Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops to 3.5 years in prison following convictions on seven charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and an additional single count of possession of a controlled substance.

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Rohel was charged in connection with a bust on May 5, 2016, in which police seized 422 grams of meth, 94 grams of cocaine, 103 grams of heroin, 36 grams of fentanyl and more than 13 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

Rohel was not credited with any time served prior to sentencing and ordered to spend 42 months in a federal prison. In addition, he was ordered to submit a sample of his DNA to a national criminal database and will be bound by a 10-year firearms ban.

Rohel, who is believed to have gang ties, has been in custody since Oct. 18, when he was arrested on an unrelated murder charge.

Troy Gold, active in the city’s drug trade, was reported missing in October 2018. His remains were later found in the Lac du Bois area north of Kamloops.

Last month, police arrested Rohel, Nathan Townsend, Jayden Eustache, Sean Scurt and John Daviss. Each man is charged with second-degree murder in connection with Gold’s death.

Gold’s murder was the first in a series of bloody gang-related incidents in Kamloops spanning a five-month period. On Jan. 23 of this year, two men were shot to death outside separate Kamloops hotels. On Feb. 15, two people were shot in a Brocklehurst apartment. One of them died, while another suffered gunshot wounds to the face.

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