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Vancouver mayor’s former foster son gets four years in jail

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson is seen on Dec. 7, 2012.

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The former foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has been given four years in jail for gun and drug offences.

Jinagh Navas-Rivas pleaded guilty in December to trafficking cocaine and unlawfully transferring a .22-calibre Ruger pistol with ammunition.

In addition to the four-year jail term, Navas-Rivas has been banned from possessing weapons for life.

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Navas-Rivas lived as a foster son with Robertson, his wife and their other children between 2007 and 2009, and when police issued an arrest warrant for him in late 2011, Robertson made a public plea urging him to surrender.

Robertson says Navas-Rivas has taken responsibility for his actions and he wishes him the best.

Robertson adds it's been a tough time for Navas-Rivas and the families who have been part of his life.

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