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Criminal defence: Calgary man charged with drug trafficking

A routine drunk-driving checkpoint was the site of an arrest on the evening of Dec. 2, according to local police. Calgary officers in tandem with Mothers Against Drunk Driving volunteers happened upon a man police now believe may be guilty of drug trafficking. There is no word as to whether the man has retained criminal defence as of this report. 

According to the report, the man was initially pulled over as part of an anti-drunk-driving initiative run by Calgary police in an effort to curb the incidences of intoxicated driving over the holiday season. Police say he was pulled over after officers noticed a vodka cooler drink in the cup holder of his car. Once stopped, they say they also saw a bag of what they believed to be cocaine on the passenger seat. 

This led to a search of his vehicle by officers on the scene. It is unclear whether officers obtained a warrant to search the car. Officers say they seized $2,500 in cash from the vehicle as well as more of what they believe to be crack and cocaine. They arrested the man, who is now charged with drug trafficking. 

In criminal defence cases, one of the most important things to consider is whether the series of events leading up to an individual's arrest are considered valid under the law. If actions were taken by Calgary police that interfere with the man's rights as a Canadian citizen, any evidence gathered by police may be considered inadmissible to a criminal court. This could in turn lead to the reduction of charges or even a dismissal of the case altogether. 

Source: Global News, "Calgary checkstop leads to drug trafficking charge", Kim Smith, Dec. 3, 2016

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