Convicted drug dealer seeks jury trial on latest charges

Dana Nazarek will go to trial on his latest round of drug trafficking and weapons charges.

Nazarek appeared in court Wednesday morning, where he asked for a Supreme Court trial by judge and jury on four charges of drug trafficking, 14 charges of illegal weapon possession, and one charge of possessing the proceeds of crime.

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He also elected for a trial on a separate provincial charge of escaping custody.

The charges stem from a February 24, 2018, police raid on his home where RCMP say officers seized 800 fentanyl tablets, along with cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, several loaded firearms, and $38,000 in cash.

The Crown intends to call two police witnesses involved in the bust. Nazarek's defence lawyer plans to cross-examine the officers. 

Nazarek has not been found guilty of the charges, and will appear in court next week to fix dates for trial. His lawyer has also asked for a preliminary inquiry into the drug and weapons charges.

In July, Nazarek was sentenced to 40 months in jail for trafficking fentanyl and other drugs after a police raid on his home in December 2013. In that bust, police seized more than 2,000 fentanyl pills disguised as Oxycontin.

Nazarek remains in jail in Kamloops.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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