Smuggling & Deportation
Kyle Gibbons, a native of the United Kingdom, and a resident of Calgary, is sighing a breath of relief after the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board granted him a stay of deportation provided he remains a law-abiding citizen for the next 30 months.
Kyle Gibbons was charged with 17 drug and weapons-related charges in 2011 after border officers intercepted a shipment of electric stun guns bound for his home. Gibbons had been importing knockoff clothing to resell in Canada in a questionable business, when he fell into a life of drug abuse after finding himself addicted to Oxycodone. When then Chinese distributor offered to ship him electric stun guns, brass knuckles, and butterfly knives, he couldn’t overlook the opportunity.
Gibbons pleaded guilty to all charges in October 2012 and was sentenced to 2 years less a day. He is currently serving his time at Lethbridge Correctional Centre. The convictions made Gibbons, who never became a Canadian citizen, eligible for deportation under the “serious criminality” provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Lawyers immediately appealed his deportation order on compassionate grounds, citing that it would tear apart his family and send him to a country he barely knew.
Gibbons’ quick guilty plea and immediate efforts to rehabilitate himself after his arrest likely worked in favour of his application.
Drug & Weapon Charges
Although many people feel they can beat the allure of drug usage when the time comes, many are unable to and fall into a life of addiction. Addictive tendencies are incredibly destructive, and can lead people into a life of crime. If you’ve been charged with weapons or drug charges, it is important you contact a criminal lawyer in Calgary. Our dedicated team can work with you in a humane fashion to help address your problems and work with the courts to get you back on the right track. Contact us today.
Posted on November 6th, 2013