Prison sentence in drug case

A rig worker who went off the rails has been sentenced to fours years in prison, minus two months and 15 days for time served.

A rig worker who went off the rails has been sentenced to fours years in prison, minus two months and 15 days for time served.

Ryan Karol, 30, has been in custody since March 27, when he and two others were arrested during a drug raid at a house in Red Deer.

Karol had been released on a recognizance for a similar arrest in an earlier raid at a different residence on Feb. 7.

He pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday to more than 20 charges, including multiple counts of possession of illegal drugs for trafficking.

Drugs seized at the two houses include crack cocaine, powder cocaine, GHB (commonly known as the date-rape drug) and a small quantity of heroin.

Also seized were significant quantities of cash, scales, cell phones, material for using drugs and materials for packaging drugs for sale, said Crown prosecutor David Inglis.

Karol also pleaded guilty to a number of lesser offences, including breaching terms of his release. Remaining offences were withdrawn as a result of his guilty pleas.

Red Deer lawyer Daniel Wilson, acting as agent for Willms, said Karol had led a troubled youth in his home town of Langley, B.C., but had come to Red Deer and put his life in order.

However, Karol fell back into his old ways after a dispute with his girlfriend, said Wilson.

Judge Gordon Deck ordered that sentences on the lesser offences be served concurrently with the four-year sentence pronounced on the drug charge.

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