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Youths suffer overdoses; Ontario man facing drug charges

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A 50-year-old male is facing criminal charges in connection with allegedly selling illegal drugs. The Chapleau, Ontario, resident was recently arrested on drug charges for apparently providing a number of underage individuals with two types of drugs. The youths had to be hospitalized after overdosing on their purchases.

Members of the Superior East Detachment of the OPP with help from the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the Superior East Crime Unit searched a local business with a search warrant issued under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). The warrant was issued in connection with an in-depth investigation of illegal drug sales that sent several youths to a hospital. About 95 grams of a popular brand of synthetic cannabinoids were seized as well as vape pens containing CBD (or hemp) oil.

The accused has been charged with possession of a Schedule II substance – under three kilos – for the purpose of trafficking. He was released on a promise to appear in court on a later date. The charges he is facing are ones that are more serious under the CDSA and are difficult to fight but not impossible with experienced legal counsel.

The potential repercussions of being convicted of drug charges can be life-altering. An experienced Ontario criminal lawyer can help individuals battling drug charges to mount the best defence possible. A legal team will try to find weaknesses in evidence and mull over such things as how the accused was taken into custody and if search warrants were properly executed. A skilled lawyer may be able to help his or her client obtain a lesser sentence or get the charges dropped entirely.



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