October 25, 2003
Winnipeg's Dacamara jailed for dealing crack cocaine
By DAVID SCHMEICHEL, COURTS REPORTER

A professional wrestling hopeful found himself on the wrong end of a legal pile-driver yesterday when he was sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling crack cocaine. John Dacamara, known as "Johnny Wise-Guy" on the Real Action Wrestling (RAW) circuit, hung his head and cried as he was sent to prison for cocaine trafficking -- his second drug-related conviction in less than a year.

A 32-year-old with aspirations of working with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Dacamara was arrested June 29, 2002, when police busted him with 34 half-grams of rock cocaine, and one eight-ball of powdered coke. He also had $1,295 and two cellphones which continued to ring as he was being booked.

Dacamara told authorities he'd come home from a wrestling trip to Halifax to find the utilities in his residence had been cut off. He was forced to sell drugs to raise money to have them turned back on, he claimed.

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His story might have been more convincing had he not been arrested on a similar charge in July 2001. At that time, he was caught with rock and powdered cocaine, as well as $950 and two phones. He was fined $1,500 after pleading guilty to a simple possession charge.

Crown attorney Clyde Bond said the repeated behaviour marks a "continuing case of conduct" for Dacamara and described Dial-a-Dealer operations in Winnipeg as an epidemic.

Defence lawyer Mike Cook fought for a conditional sentence for Dacamara, painting his client as a good-hearted man who was so worried about his mother's health he hadn't told her about his latest run-in with the law.

"You can see that Mr. Dacamara is a man of emotion," he said, as his client began to weep.



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