Wayne Scott, the co-accused of Abbotsford gangster Jarrod Bacon in a major cocaine conspiracy, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in jail Monday.
In imposing sentence, B.C. Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen said he accepted Scott, 56, was previously of good character, was genuinely remorseful and was subservient to Bacon in the conspiracy.
"I accept that he is a naive and unsophisticated man with no clear individual propensity for wrongdoing," said the judge.
"I am satisfied however that his involvement was the product of his free will and that he was motivated significantly by the hope of profit."
Scott, an Abbotsford trucker and father of two with no prior criminal record, had little reaction as he sat in the prisoner's dock.
His lawyer had earlier argued that he should receive a conditional sentence of two years a day, including house arrest provisions.
Jeremy Guild told Cullen that the range for multi-kilogram trafficking sentences was between four and 13 years.
But he argued that sentences for such offences can be outside the range in unique and exceptional circumstances.
Though his application seeking to find that Scott had been entrapped by police during the reverse sting had failed, Guild noted that the judge found there was some unlawful state conduct involved.
There was also an abuse of the friendship that Scott had with the police agent used in the case and some manipulation of his client, who was caught in the middle of the conspiracy, said Guild.
The defence lawyer said that if a conditional sentence was not available, a sentence of between three and four years in jail would be appropriate.
Scott, told the judge that he was sorry for the "poor decisions" he had made but claimed that he was also used by many people.
"But greed and stupidity came into play in dealing with someone who I thought was my trusted friend."
Scott was referring to the police agent, a convicted drug trafficker, who can only be identified by the initials G.L. due to a publication ban.
In reply to the defence submissions, Crown counsel Peter LaPrairie took issue with the suggestion that there was any wrongdoing by police during the reverse sting.
And he denied that there had been any manipulation of Scott.
LaPrairie argued for a sentence of 13 to 15 years in prison for Scott prior to the judge giving Bacon a sentence of 12 years in prison earlier this year.
On Monday, he said that in the light of Bacon's sentence, he would seek a sentence of eight to 10 years.
In February the judge found Bacon and Scott guilty of conspiring to traffic in cocaine.
The conspiracy began in early 2009 with G.L. meeting with Scott at Scott's residence in Abbotsford.
Eventually Bacon, who is the father of Scott's daughter's child, became involved, with Bacon boasting that he could provide $3 million to finance the importation of 100 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico.
The scheme was aborted in August 2009 after a police emergency response team entered a warehouse where the drug transaction was expected to take place.
Bacon is appealing his jail term.
His older brother Jonathan was gunned down in a gangland slaying in Kelowna in August 2011.
His younger brother Jamie is awaiting trial in the Surrey Six murder case.