Saturday, March 11, 2017

Project Forseti: Fallen Saints Justin Smith sentenced to whooping 18 years

Justin Murray Smith, 34, a former high-ranking member of the HA puppet club Fallen Saints MC in Saskatoon was sentenced to 18 years in prison for gun, drug and organized crime offences. The Crown argued for a 20-year global sentence while the defence sought nine years. He is the first person to be sentenced on criminal organization charges resulting from the Project Forseti investigation. Justice Shawn Smith called Smith a trafficker of “poison and the instruments of death” at the “heart of organized crime” in Saskatoon.

Mark Nowakowski, president of the Fallen Saints MC
Smith pleaded guilty to fentanyl, heroin and cocaine trafficking during the second day of what was scheduled to be a 10-day trial. He then entered guilty pleas to unauthorized transfer of a handgun, unlawful possession of a handgun for the purpose of trafficking and conspiring with a police agent to traffic cocaine. On Thursday, Smith pleaded guilty to committing an offence for the benefit of a criminal organization.

The longest sentence Smith received was 15 years for fentanyl trafficking. He was sentenced to eight years for cocaine trafficking and four years for each weapons trafficking offence. Each criminal organization charge tacked on an additional two years. The total sentence equals 35 years, but the judge applied the totality principle to bring the sentence down to 18 years.
Court heard the drug crimes were committed while Smith was on bail for assault and weapons trafficking. He also had a prior criminal record with 26 convictions. “You have well earned this bitter harvest,” he told Smith.
Justice Smith said there were no mitigating circumstances.
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