An Ontario man who arranged a drug deal in this province has been sentenced to house arrest.
Raymond Kalonga is led from provincial court by a sherrif's officer. — Telegram file photo
Raymond Kalonga was given a conditional sentence of two years less a day in provincial court Thursday.
The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and a breach of recognizance.
Crown prosecutor Trevor Bridger asked Judge Jim Walsh to consider a jail sentence for Kalonga.
But the judge, instead, agreed with defence lawyer Erin Breen’s suggestion to allow Kalonga to serve his term in the community.
Kalonga is originally from Ottawa, but was living in St. John’s attending Memorial University at the time. He now lives in Toronto.
Kalonga was considered the middle-man in a drug deal that happened in May 2011. He was arrested after he was caught planning the deal with an undercover police officer.
He also faced charges in connection with a drug deal from September 2010, but Bridger agreed to withdraw those charges.
Hamid Reza Anthony Solemani-Pak of Ottawa was convicted on trafficking charges in both cases. Solemani-Pak, who was considered the mastermind of the operation, was sentenced to a year and eight months on each case.