Man involved in Kamloops’ largest-ever meth lab bust to be sentenced in November

The Crown wants a five-year prison sentence for a Kamloops man convicted in connection with what Kamloops Mounties at the time called the largest meth lab ever uncovered in the city.

Ikbal Shah was found guilty of possessing fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking following a trial in B.C. Supreme Court earlier this year.

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Shah was one of a number of men arrested in June 2015 in relation to the meth lab bust on Pratt Road in Barnhartvale.

Shah’s home was searched in connection with the meth lab investigation. In it, police found drugs hidden inside a safe in a kitchen cupboard — 762 fentanyl pills, 276 grams of meth, 560 grams of cocaine and 42 grams of heroin, worth a total of about $48,000.

At trial, Shah claimed the drugs belonged to another man, described as an unruly houseguest. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lisa Warren did not believe his story.

During a sentencing hearing on Thursday, federal Crown prosecutor Kristina Guest urged Warren to send Shah to prison for five years for his part in the operation.

Another man, Joel Garrett, was convicted alongside Shah in July. Garrett was found guilty of production of a controlled substance. The meth lab was located inside his Pratt Road home.

Garrett has a sentencing hearing scheduled for early 2019.

A third man, Derek Sadden, was sentenced earlier this year to three years in prison after pleading guilty to one count each of production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

In court, Sadden was described as the cook of the meth lab.

Shah, who remains free on bail, will be sentenced on Nov. 2.

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