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Criminal defence: Alberta man faces drug charges

A man in Edmonton is facing serious charges following the seizure of some $1 million in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine by drug enforcement agents. The 32-year-old Alberta man was the subject of a search by police that led to his arrest for drug trafficking. The man is likely focused on his criminal defence, though no date has as yet been announced for his trial. 

According to the arrest record, police in Edmonton executed two separate search warrants for two different residences on Jan. 19. They also searched a vehicle, though there was no word as to whether a search warrant was obtained for that search. Police say that, between the three searches, they discovered some $1.4 million in drugs, including $200,000 of what they believe to be phenacetin, a powerful painkiller often cut with cocaine. 

Several kilograms of heroin and cocaine were also discovered, some in what police are calling a secret compartment in the vehicle. They say they also seized rounds of ammunition, body armor and thousands of dollars in cash. The man was arrested shortly thereafter. He now faces charges of possession with the intent to traffic, possession of body armor and illegal possession of ammunition. 

In order for the man to be found guilty of these crimes, Alberta prosecutors will have to provide several layers of evidence proving, among other things, that the drugs were in his possession and that he wilfully intended to sell them. Criminal defence for the man will likely examine the arrest record and the search warrants. If questions are raised about the validity of the searches, some or all of the evidence could be excluded by the court. 

Source: CBC News, "Police seize meth, cocaine, heroin in $1.4-million bust", Jan. 25, 2017

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