Fentanyl dealer disappears during break in Nanaimo court hearing

By Ian Holmes
April 15, 2019 - 4:35pm Updated: April 16, 2019 - 9:09am

Michael Byrne, who pleaded guilty to fentanyl and carfentanil charges, vanished prior to his Supreme Court sentencing hearing in Nanaimo.Submitted photo

NANAIMO — A warrant was issued for a man who pleaded guilty to fentanyl and carfentanil offences and a weapon charge.

Michael Damien Byrne, 41, did not return to BC Supreme Court in Nanaimo for the opening of his afternoon sentencing hearing on April 10 after pleading guilty earlier in the day.

Justice Douglas Thompson cancelled Byrne's bail and issued a warrant for his arrest, according to an official speaking on behalf of the federal prosecutor working the case.

Byrne pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing fentanyl and carfentanil for the purpose of trafficking, and possessing a prohibited weapon in a vehicle.

He was not in custody when he vanished during his court proceedings.

Byrne is five-foot-11, 160 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.


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