Kevin Van Kalkeren
|The judge found that Van Kalkeren played a leading role in a conspiracy to import 500 kilos of cocaine when he met undercover police officers posing as members of a South American drug cartel.|
After receiving credit for pre-sentence custody, Van Kalkeren has 10 years and 4 1/2 months of prison time remaining. He will be eligible to apply for day parole after three years and full parole after around 3 1/2 years.
|Two of Van Kalkeren's co-accused — Murray Trekofski and Orhan Saydam — previously entered guilty pleas. Trekofski received eight years in prison while Saydam was sentenced to three years.|
Final submissions by Crown and defence in the trial of the five remaining accused — David Giles, Brian Oldham, James Howard, Michael Read and Shawn Womacks — are scheduled for June.
|Both Crown and defence accept that an 18-year sentence is appropriate. But Judge Ross will have to decide if she agrees.|
What’s in dispute between the lawyers is now much pre-trial credit Van Kalkeren should get. The standard is now 1.5 days for every day in custody prior to conviction. But Van Kalkeren’s lawyer Ian Donaldson says 2-1 wouldn’t be out of line for the 47-year-old given he’s spent almost 45 months in isolation at North Fraser Pre-trial Centre.
|Donaldson mentioned Friday that it was Van Kalkeren’s own bravado to uncover cops that got him denied bail in the first place.|
He told the officers posing as drug traffickers that he had money hidden abroad and passports so that he could flee if something went wrong with the 500-kilogram cocaine deal. Kevin Van Kalkeren learns his fate May 27.
Kevin Van Kalkaren
|A Hells Angels associate who put up $4 million to smuggle half a tonne of cocaine into Canada should be sentenced to 18 years in jail, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Chris Greenwood said Kevin Van Kalkeren played a leading role in the conspiracy to import the “massive” shipment of cocaine, along with full-patch Kelowna Hells Angel David Giles and associate James Howard.|
Van Kalkeren pleaded guilty in January, three-and-a-half years after he was caught in a reverse sting by Mounties posing as South American drug traffickers.
|Van Kalkeren’s co-accused in the case — Giles, Howard, Hells Angel Brian Oldham and associates Michael Read and Shawn Womacks — remain on trial before B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross. But the trial is adjourned until Monday so the judge can preside over Van Kalkeren’s sentencing hearing.|
The Okanagan man boasted that he had been involved in the drug trade for 18 years, producing 300 to 500 pounds of marijuana a month and then trading pot in Los Angeles for cocaine. “The evidence revealed a conspiracy in which Van Kalkeren agreed with others, notably Giles and Howard, to purchase a purported shipment of 500 kilograms of cocaine and future shipments on a regular basis,” Greenwood said. The conspirators could have made between $7 and $15 million on the cocaine if the deal had been real.