Drugs seized after police execute warrant, Toronto woman arrested

Drugs seized after police execute warrant, Toronto woman arrested

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Friday April 05, 2013.

Two men and one woman were taken into custody recently after police conducted a search of two properties and allegedly found drugs. All three have appeared in Provincial Court and are facing drug charges related to the search and seizure.

On March 23, police officers searched one residential property and one commercial property pursuant to a search warrant. The officers reportedly found and seized cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as cash and a weapon. All three individuals were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. One of the men was also charged with a weapons charge.

When police obtain a search warrant, they must typically have a good reason to suspect that they will find evidence of some type of illegal activity. They must provide enough specific details to demonstrate that there is a fair probability that they will be able to find evidence of the illegal activity within a specified location. If police do not have valid grounds to obtain a search warrant but are provided with one anyway, the evidence related to the search may not be admissible in court if the police activity was a violation of a person’s right against unreasonable searches and seizures under Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

If an individual accused of drug crimes believes that his or her rights have been violated, he or she may opt to retain the services of a Toronto lawyer who handles criminal defence cases. This individual may be able to explain the rights and legal options available, as well as evaluate his or her case in order to determine that search and seizure protocols were adhered to.

Source: The Telegram.com, ” UPDATE: Accused men appear in court in case of seizure of cocaine and methamphetamine,” 25 March 2013

Source: Law Central Schools, “Teacher’s Backgrounder: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Search and Seizure”

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