KITCHENER — A man from Guyana deported from Canada 21 years ago after racking up several criminal convictions — including one for robbery — sneaked back into this country and returned to crime.
Sheikh Ally, 47, was sentenced on Thursday to a little more than six years in prison, minus enhanced pretrial custody, afterpleading guilty to a slew of charges, including identity theft and possession of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and meth for the purpose of trafficking.
After serving the sentence, the Kitchener man will again be deported to his native Guyana.
Ally came to Canada in 1988, met a woman in Kitchener, got married and became a permanent resident.
After convictions for robbery, possession of stolen property and breaching court orders, he was deported in 1997.
Using his brother’s passport, Ally illegally returned to Canada in 2008 and has been here ever since. Inexplicably, he got a work permit in 2012 and was employed at the Howard Johnson Hotel on Weber Street East in Kitchener.
But he had a job on the side; selling deadly drugs.
Ally also had 73 pieces of government identification that didn’t belong to him.
“The expense to Canadian taxpayers certainly is something that has to be considered,” he said. “We know he’s going back to Guyana so why should Canadian taxpayers have to pay exorbitant amounts of money for him to be housed inside a penitentiary?”
It costs more than $100,000 a year to hold an inmate in federal prison.