Observer News Service
An alleged Indo-Canadian mobster won’t spend time in jail for trafficking drugs inside a Maple Ridge prison. Parminder (Peter) Singh Adiwal received a nine-month conditional sentence in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court Tuesday after entering a guilty plea last month to one count of trafficking cocaine. Eight other counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking were stayed. Crown had asked for a nine-month prison term. Under the terms of the conditional sentence imposed by provincial court Judge Joanne Challenger, Adiwal will be bound by a curfew for the next nine months, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., seven days a week. He must abstain from alcohol and drugs, must seek and maintain employment, report to his probation officer and perform 75 hours of community service. Challenger also imposed a lifetime firearms ban on the 29-year-old. Adiwal was an inmate at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge when prison staff discovered a stash of drugs in his cell on July 11, 2006. Police would not reveal how the drugs were smuggled into the 256th Street prison. The Public Prosecution Service, a federal government agency responsible for drug prosecutions, would not say if Crown is considering an appeal of the conditional sentence. It has 30 days to file an appeal. Court records show Adiwal has been arrested and charged over the years for offences ranging from theft and robbery to gun possession and kidnapping. Adiwal and his twin brother Manjit (Mike) Singh were at the centre of a major police investigation by the now-defunct Indo-Canadian Gang Violence Joint Task Force. The investigation ended when Mounties raided a Burnaby apartment in February 2003 to rescue Sukhjit Singh Basi, fearing he was about to be killed. At the time, Adiwal was linked to the multi-ethnic Independent Soldiers gang, whose leader Paul Dosanjh, 28, was gunned down in 2004 – while Adiwal was in custody awaiting trial. The twin brothers pleaded guilty to the Basi kidnapping and assault.