The former vice-president of the Nanaimo Hell’s Angels chapter has been sentenced to three years in jail for drug trafficking charges.
Sean Kendall, of Port Alberni, pleaded guilty to four drug counts related to a sting carried out by the Combine Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. and an RCMP Serious Crimes Unit over the course of a year in 2019 and 2020.
The sentence was part of a joint submission and an agreed statement of facts that was read in Vancouver Provincial Court on Thursday.
During eight months in 2019, undercover police operatives befriended Kendall. It led to two drug sales in the parking lot of Woodgrove Centre in Nanaimo on Dec. 18, 2019.
The first sale saw Kendall sell a half-kilogram of cocaine to the undercover operative, only identified by the initial M., in court for $23,000.
Kendall left and returned 20 minutes later and sold two pounds of cannabis to the same person for $2,200.
Then, on Feb. 8, 2020, Kendall sold another half-kilogram of cocaine to the same operative for $23,000 again in the Woodgroove Centre parking lot, the court heard.
The next sale happened March 5, 2020, near the Vancouver Convention Centre near the seawall. Kendall sold a full kilogram of cocaine for $44,000 to an operative only identified with the initial R.
Police have not recovered any of the cash from the sales.
On Sept. 23, 2020, police arrested Kendall. They found on him the same cell phone that he had used to coordinate the drug sales.
Police also seized $5,635 in cash that Kendall had on him that he admitted came from cannabis sales to other people.
In December 2022, Kendall was among four Vancouver Island men with ties to the Hell’s Angels that police said they were searching for.
Two of the men were arrested before Kendall turned himself over to police on Dec. 3, 2022.
At the time, police said one man, Kristopher Stephen Smith, of Nanaimo, was still at large but he’s since been in contact with police.
Kendall’s jail sentence also comes with an $800 fine and a mandatory 10-year firearms prohibition.
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