Man busted in Operation Roadrunner gets house arrest

Rosie Mullaley
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Mark Kane

A man arrested in connection with a major drug bust 4 1/2 years ago has been sentenced to house arrest.

In Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s today, Mark Kane of Portugal Cove will serve a two-years-less-a-day conditional sentence, with two years’ probation.

Kane pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.

He was arrested in October 2007 for his involvement in the drug-smuggling ring that was dismantled as a result of an intensive police investigation dubbed Operation Roadrunner.

The 18-month-long investigation involved trafficking cocaine and marijuana between Quebec and Newfoundland by members of a drug distribution network.

It resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of 51 pounds of marijuana, 19 pounds of cocaine, $300,000 in cash, six vehicles, weapons and laptop computers in St. John’s.

The sting began in early 2006 as an investigation into drunken thuggery on George Street and climaxed in the bust of the drug ring.

A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary operation, it also involved officers from across the country and uncovered an extensive drug operation, leading to raids on 11 homes in the St. John’s area, as well as arrests in Quebec.

Police discovered Kane was responsible for collecting money from drug trafficking, providing drugs to drug traffickers, assisting in setting up stash houses and directing the preparation of drugs for sale on the street.

He was released on bail shortly after his arrest.

Justice Alphonsus Faour said a conditional sentence is appropriate for Kane, who is a first-time offender and has already spent 4 1/2 years successfully adhering to strict court conditions.

The judge pointed out that when Kane’s sentence and probation are completed, he will have been following court restrictions for more than eight years.

“Eight years is a significant amount of time to be under restrictions of the court,” he said.

The conditions of Kane’s sentence include that he notify the court of any change of name or address and adhere to a curfew. He was ordered to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs and must submit to electronic monitoring.

He must also submit a DNA sample and is prohibited from having a firearm for 10 years.

At the request of the Crown, Kane’s cell phone and 1996 car, which were confiscated during the investigation, will also be forfeited to the court.

Kane was one of more than 20 people arrested in the bust, 13 from this province. Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: A Royal

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Portugal Cove, Quebec George Street

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Recent comments

  • Scott Free
    November 30, 2011 - 11:06

    aw there's a stiff sentence; now he has to go online and chuckle while doing his banking at home instead of laughing all the way to the bank; way to go judge, totally de-value police work and reward the louts.

  • Mike
    November 30, 2011 - 08:00

    Victims? open up your eyes! You have heard of supply and demand right? Do you really think this bust made any dent at all in the flow and use of drugs by YOUR friends and mine who get up and go to work, have families, and hold respect in the community? Get the 1950's propaganda posters out of your head. Prohibition has NEVER worked and it NEVER will. Spend some tax dollars on rapists, murderers, child molesters and the like and stop wasting money on this!

  • mike
    November 30, 2011 - 07:54

    How many of you sat in the court room and know the facts as it relates to this man? He was 1 of 20, and I would assume according to the sentence a very minor player. But of course all the angles and saints who post here are in need of their witch hunt. Pathetic bunch really who thrive to see others fall. I guess you all just got home from church like the rest of the hypocrites.

    • hello
      November 30, 2011 - 10:40

      Did you not read the same article as I did @ Mike ?

  • Brad
    November 29, 2011 - 23:17

    WOW,,,,,,,that certainly shows crime does pay...what is the punishment??? why wouldn't anyone try to make major bucks when there are no consequences......The justice system is a JOKE !!! No wonder everyone is on or seeling drugs................NO CONSEQUENCES !!!!!!

  • kim
    November 29, 2011 - 18:56

    You get more for killing a moose..........Our justice system in nl is a total disgrace....Looks like the court system is laughing at all the hard work that our police force put into that DRUG BUST...

  • cliff
    November 29, 2011 - 17:19

    Not exactly a deterent to crime....... you have to stay at home......

  • MBC
    November 29, 2011 - 16:06

    I bet all drug dealers will want the name of the lawyer for this guy and will want their cases heard in this judge's court. Can you imagine what the police in this province and across Canada are saying.?? What a waste of financial and human resources.

  • grant
    November 29, 2011 - 15:14

    I was expecting a lighter sentence, I was wrong again, darn it all.

  • Topher
    November 29, 2011 - 13:09

    Hhhhhmmmmm... Did someone talk - "..two-years-less-a-day conditional sentence, with two years’ probation... house arrest... the seizure of 51 pounds of marijuana, 19 pounds of cocaine, $300,000 in cash, six vehicles, weapons and laptop computers..." Maybe this is news that should not be reported for the sake of the people involced.....

    • janet
      November 29, 2011 - 14:14

      Did someone talk to the police I wonder ?

  • Stan
    November 29, 2011 - 12:27

    and you wonder why the crime rate has gone absolutely foolish the last 10 years. there is no accountability anymore. Crime does pay when a convicted drug dealer in a major bust gets house arrest. The Judicial System in Canada is a Joke!!!!!! Its time to put the judges away!!!!!! You will never get drugs off the street with sentences like that. What a farce of a country we are living in.

  • The police must being crying
    November 29, 2011 - 11:46

    how much in resources did the RNC, the Quebec police, and teh court spend to send buddy home and tell him not to drink booze.

    • greg
      November 29, 2011 - 16:08

      My Portugal Cove grandparents who passed away in the 70"s would be rolling over in their graves not to mention me who has not been to Portugal Cove Newfoundland since then, when the biggest crime was stowing away on the John Guy to go over to Bell Island.

    • discusting
      November 29, 2011 - 17:19

      How in gods name does this happen, I have read the article correctly and I know this clown did not get house arrest for this dispicable crime. Just a slap on the wrist quite shocking actually. All of the faceless victims....what a shame !!!!!!