A full-patched Hells Angels Nomad chapter member who pleaded guilty in Sudbury to a cocaine charge will now be sentenced in his hometown of Ottawa.
“It’s taking into account the COVID-19 question, the travel here, the drive up from Ottawa,” Ontario Court Justice Randall Lalande told the court Thursday, referring to Joshua Khosrowkhani. “That also gives you the flexibility (with a sentencing date).”
Attending court via Zoom link were federal prosecutor Claude Richer and Khosrowkhani’s lawyer, Neil Weinstein. Khosrowkhani was not present in the courtroom.
Khosrowkhani’s sentencing has already been delayed numerous times.
Lalande said because six weeks is needed to allow for the transfer of the sentencing to Ottawa to occur, a return court date in Greater Sudbury was needed in the interim.
The March 24 assignment court date that he set can be vacated, Lalande indicated, if the transfer goes through before then.
“I am assuming the transfer will take place before (then) and there is nothing stopping the two of you from getting a date in Ottawa,” the judge said.
Lalande said since Khosrowkhani, Richer and Weinstein are all from Ottawa, the fact that he is not seized with the case, and that the facts concerning the charges have already been typed up for the sentencing judge to go over, “I don’t oppose the matter being transferred.”
Richer told the court he had received approval from his superiors to have the sentencing transferred to Ottawa.
Khosrowkhani, 33, pleaded guilty in Sudbury court to cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking on July 29, 2020.
He was arrested in the Ottawa area on Aug. 1, 2019, as part of Project Skylark. The court heard that in the summer of 2018, Niagara Regional Police, Greater Sudbury Police and the Ontario Provincial Police started a joint investigation into a cocaine trafficking ring that operated across Ontario, including Greater Sudbury.
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