Bail for Record Drug Bust – $400K cash, 21 kg of crystal meth

A target of a drug investigation granted bail in a record Saskatoon drug bust OFFENCE: Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Proceeds of Crime RESULT: Bail Granted LAWYER: Sean Fagan Regina v. W.D. – June 2018 Charges: Section 354 of the Criminal Code of Canada – Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act The Saskatoon Police Service seized 4,400 suspected Fentanyl …

Traffic stop in Royal Oak leads to Trafficking charges

An unjustified traffic stop by Calgary Police in Royal Oak leads to trafficking charges OFFENCE: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking RESULT: Charges stayed DEFENCE LAWYER: Sean Fagan REGINA v. I.S. – June 2018 CHARGES: Sections  5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act x 2  Two officers of the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”) were on patrol in Royal Oak, a Northwest …

Regina v. C.Z. March 2018 – Cannabis Resin Seized Roadside

Pipeline Interdiction officer seizes Cannabis Resin Roadside Sections  5(2) x 2 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Cannabis resin) The roving traffic unit is a group of highly trained RCMP officers who use their authority under the Traffic Safety Act to investigate drug offences.  These officers are quite often experienced, and highly knowledgeable about their powers of arrest, detention, search and …

Regina v. J.B. February 2018 – Crack in a Car

Sections  5(2) x 2 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Crack and powder cocaine) Section 145(3) x 2 of the Criminal Code of Canada – Breach of Release conditions Members of the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”) observed J.B. driving down Deerfoot trail in a high end luxury car, and for reasons unknown, decided to run his license plate in the police …

Regina v. A.R. October 2017 – Importation of Cocaine

Section 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances act – Importation of Cocaine A.R., arrived at the Calgary International Airport inbound from the middle east.  As A.R. went through customs, a CBSA agent (Canada Border Services agent) flagged A.R. for a secondary search.  This was probably because the CBSA agent discovered that A.R. was on bail for allegations of possession of …

Regina v. T.S. [Nov 2017] – Obstructing a Peace Officer – Drugs

Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code – Obstructing a Peace Officer On May 29, 2017, the Lloydminster RCMP responded to a disturbance call at a hotel.  Once on Scene, the Hotel Staff indicated that they had spoken with T.S. on a number of occasions because of his behaviour.  T.S was purportedly loud, drinking in the hallway, and going from room …

Regina v. S.L. [Oct 2017] – Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking

Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act – Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (MDMA) S.L., an immigrant in Canada on a temporary work visa, was in Banff celebrating New Years Eve. S.L. was standing on a street corner with a few other partygoers when S.L. was alleged to have offered to give them “something”. Unfortunately for S.L., …

Regina v. Y.K.T. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – February 2017]

Simple Possession of Cannabis Marijuana contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) In this very unusual factual scenario, Y.K.T., suffering from a mental condition and feeling immense guilt for his possession of cannabis, walked into the Calgary Police Service main branch with a marijuana joint in hand and asked to be arrested for unlawful possession …

Regina v. F.M.Z. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – Jan 2017]

Breach of a Conditional Sentence Order after Trafficking Cocaine to an Undercover Police Officer Prior to trial, F.M.Z. pleaded guilty to section 5(1) (trafficking in cocaine) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (“CDSA”). Sean Fagan was not F.M.Z’s lawyer at the trial stage. F.M.Z. was fortunate in that the date of the offences pre-dated the effective mandatory minimum periods …

Regina v. C.R.S. [Provincial Court of Alberta – June 2017] – Firearms and Drugs

Firearms offences – Drug offences – Fentanyl – The Calgary Police Service received multiple complaints from neighbours in relation to a residence in an affluent area of Calgary.  The neighbours also made multiple complaints through SCAN (Safer communities and neighbourhoods act).  The house was purported to have been frequented by unsavoury individuals who were well known to the police.  Moreover, a …