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Man sentenced to 5 & 1/2 years in prison for role in drug ring

Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm MDT

One member of an alleged drug trafficking ring has been sentenced to five and half year in prison.

On June 12, 2017 Paul Ohelo pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking fentanyl and cocaine.

In June 2015 seven search warrants were executed in Fort McMurray to conclude a two-year investigation of a drug trafficking operation.

Five homes, a Chateau Nova Hotel room and a local business on Signal Road were searched as police targeted 34-year-old Patrick Felix and 31-year-old Jason Mulley.

The two were the alleged ringleaders of the network that reached Edmonton, Calgary and B.C.

During the search warrants the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team seized more than $1 million worth of drugs, two fire arms and multiple vehicles as potential proceeds of crime.

Ohelo initially turned himself in back in June 2015 after a search warrant was issued for his arrest

The Crown Prosecutor and defence lawyer entered a joint submission that would have Ohelo serve five and a half years for trafficking fentanyl and three and a half years for trafficking cocaine at the same time.

The Justice explained that while Ohelo was involved in the operation his role was considered to be on the lower end, the Crown said he delivered the drugs while someone higher up the chain made the arrangements.

He also had no prior record, is younger and has a supportive family and his sentence reflects that.

Ohelo addressed the Justice in the courtroom during his sentencing and said that he takes responsibility for his actions and that he will come back from prison a better man.