Kasimir Tyabji-Sandana pleads guilty to attempted acetyl fentanyl possession

Kasimir Tyabji-Sandana

KASIMIR Tyabji-Sandana of Calgary, son of former MLA Judi Tyabji who married former B.C. leader of the opposition Gordon Wilson, on Monday pleaded guilty to attempting to possess acetyl fentanyl, a less potent version of fentanyl.

Tyabji-Sandana appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and entered the plea. His two sisters and mother were in court.

He will serve a two-year, less a day, conditional sentence in B.C. with the first eight months as house arrest, the next eight months with a curfew and the remaining five months as probation.

The Crown described the incident as a “dark period” in Tyabji-Sandana’s life. He was 27 at the time. The Crown said he is now ashamed of the embarrassment he’s caused himself and his family, CBC reported.

Tyabji-Sandana was arrested and charged with one count of importing a controlled substance after a drug bust in Calgary in 2015.

Calgary Police said in a press release that on July 14, 2015, a Border Services Officer at the Canadian Border Services Agency’s Vancouver International Mail Centre intercepted a parcel declared as a “muffler” that was destined for a Calgary resident.  As the officer was conducting an examination of the parcel, an unknown white powder was found and the officer suspected it to be fentanyl.

The officer sent a sample of the unknown substance to the CBSA Laboratory, which confirmed her suspicion and CBSA engaged the support of the RCMP to further the investigation. The RCMP then began working with Calgary Police Service and on July 22, a warrant was executed on a Calgary residence in the 2400 block of 14 Street S.W., resulting in one arrest. Through the investigation, 122 grams of fentanyl was seized with an estimated value of $348,000.