Slain gangster’s cousin gets two-year sentence 0
Slain gangster Sukh Dhak, 28, was shot Nov. 26, 2012 at a hotel entrance in Burnaby. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
A younger cousin of slain gangster Sukh Dhak was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for his part in a Vancouver ecstasy production ring.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Gail Dickson sentenced Baljit Pabla for a count of conspiracy to produce ecstasy and another count of MDMA production.
The 25-year-old was co-accused with Dhak who was killed last year in a Burnaby hotel shooting.
Pabla and another man was charged along with his older cousin, Dhak, after police seized about $1 million worth of drugs, including 14.3 kilograms of powdered MDMA, from a Rupert Street residence in March 2008.
Dickson said it was at that rental house, from 2007 to 2008, that Pabla began pressing ecstasy pills for Dhak for a small sum of money and food.
He had grown up in the same neighbourhood with his two cousins, Sukh Dhak — who referred to his cousin as “junior” — and older brother Gurmit Dhak.
The court heard how Sukh Dhak approached Pabla with the work offer about a year after the younger man graduated high school.
“It is clear on the evidence Mr. Dhak occupied a much higher position within the enterprise hierarchy,” Dickson said.
The Dhaks were both gunned down in separate, high-profile gangland shootings. Gurmit, 32, died in a Metrotown mall parking lot, while Sukh, 28, was shot late last year at a hotel entrance in Burnaby.
“Defence counsel says further, the violent deaths of the Dhak brothers have permanently removed the negative influence from Mr. Pabla’s life,” Dickson said.
“Mr. Pabla now fully appreciates that he was used by his cousin.”
Another man charged in the case, Neville Rankin, worked with Pabla at the Vancouver pill press and awaits sentencing on the same charges.