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Drug trafficking charges laid following dispensary raid

The buying and selling of medical marijuana continues to be a source of legal headaches in Ontario. There does exist a certain degree of confusion surrounding the manufacture and distribution of the product, and this has led to many raids and arrests of seemingly legitimate businesses in this province. The latest happened just this month and left a man facing several charges, including drug trafficking.

On Feb. 14, Halton Regional Police officers entered the premises of a business in Burlington and executed a search warrant. The proprietor of the business was evidently licensed to sell medical marijuana. It is alleged, however, that he was selling the products in the shop, which is not legal, and to people who did not possess a licence to purchase the products. City officials also claim he was operating in defiance of zoning by-laws by operating the business without the appropriate licence.

Toronto man accused of east end sexual assault

The unfortunate truth is a person can accuse another person of just about anything. If it happens there are no witnesses to corroborate the story, it becomes a matter of "he said, she said," an all-too-common occurrence. Even if evidence is presented, the entire story may not be immediately evident. When the accusations include allegations of sexual assault, life can become very difficult for the accused, regardless of what actually happened.

A 41-year-old Toronto man was arrested by police on Feb. 14, following an investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred the previous month. A 38-year-old woman claims she met a man in downtown Toronto either Jan. 11 or Jan. 12. The two then travelled in the man's vehicle to a location in Scarborough near the intersection of Danforth Road and Birchmount Road.

Sexual assault charges pressed against man and woman

Sex crimes are among the most frowned upon misdeeds with which a person can be charged. Simply being associated with an accusation of sexual assault can turn a person's world upside down. That recently happened for a man and a woman charged by Toronto Police last month.

Toronto Police Services were looking into an alleged abuse case involving a child living a couple of hours southwest of the city. The investigation transpired in Jan. 2016, but the alleged assault took place between 12 and 14 years ago. Police allege two men arranged to sexually abuse a child with the child's parents via online communication. The assault purportedly happened in a London, Ontario home.

Woman arrested on drug trafficking charges west of Toronto

They say when it rains it pours. Like a torrential downfall, sometimes drug charges come raining down on a person after a police raid. When this happens, the accused individual may feel as if he or she is drowning in legal troubles. A woman from west of Toronto knows this exact feeling after police entered her home recently and charged her with drug trafficking and other crimes.

The arrest happened on Feb. 9 at a home on Limeridge Road East in Hamilton. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., plainclothes officers entered the home after investigating tips provided about suspected drug activity in the neighbourhood. Numerous items, including allegedly stolen property, were recovered from the home. These items include toys, a guitar, a motorcycle and a stun gun, as well as marijuana and cocaine.

Pair charged for alleged drug distribution from Toronto home

Marijuana continues to be a touchy subject in Canada, and many think of it as a legal "grey area." At the end of the day, however, there are still strict laws in place regarding its use, possession and transfer. A pair of Toronto residents was recently charged after police broke up what they allege to be a neighbourhood drug distribution business.

On Jan. 30, Toronto Police from 14 Division enacted a search warrant at a home under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. An investigation led police to the home where, they allege, two people were operating a neighbourhood marijuana dispensary. Various forms of marijuana were purportedly sold there, including edible products. Police considered the operation to be sophisticated in nature.

Woman charged with impaired driving after rollover accident

For a group of people to escape from a serious accident with only minor injuries is very fortunate, indeed. A woman driving a vehicle that rolled on its roof was not able to avoid prosecution, however. Police have charged her with impaired driving after an accident just outside Toronto.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 25 in Ajax. What caused the accident has not been determined, but the vehicle, a minivan, left the road and struck a hydro pole before rolling repeatedly. The van eventually came to rest on its roof. 

Toronto Police raids lead to drug trafficking, weapons charges

When a man or woman is swept up in the net of a major police action, what he or she does next may be crucial to the outcome. High-profile raids and arrests are intimidating, and many may feel they have no chance of being defended. Perhaps that was weighing on the minds of three people recently arrested by Toronto Police for drug trafficking and other alleged crimes.

The arrest came following a series of search warrant executions carried out by officers from the Gun and Gangs Task Force on Jan. 24. Five warrants were acted upon, including three on residences and two on vehicles. Officers report seizing a total of nine firearms, 42 rounds of ammunition, and nine high-capacity magazines. Three people were arrested during the operation.

Girls allege sexual assault; man charged after turning self in

When faced with an accusation of criminal behaviour, in may be difficult to know what to do. A Toronto man recently faced that dilemma after three girls accused him of inappropriate activity. He now faces sexual assault charges.

The alleged incidents occurred on Jan. 19 near Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue. A 17-year-old girl reported that at around 4:50 p.m. a man approached her on the street and attempted to engage her in conversation. She apparently claims that he then sexually assaulted her. Shortly thereafter, a pair of 16-year-old girls were allegedly approached by the same person, who is said to have then sexually assaulted both girls following an attempt to speak with them. After the alleged incidents took place, the suspect walked away from the vicinity.

Dozens of criminal charges laid after seizure of guns and drugs

When it comes to guns and drugs, the law seldom treads lightly. Any men or women facing criminal charges for committing crimes in this arena will likely have the fight of their lives on their hands when they go to trial. That will no doubt be the case for a group of young adults recently arrested in Toronto.

Toronto Police executed five search warrants on Jan. 15 at locations in the downtown core and the north end of the city. The officers, all with the Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force, seized large quantities of drugs, weapons, and cash during the raids. In total, 234 grams of marijuana, 86 grams of heroin, 20 grams of oxycodone, 15 grams of crack cocaine, 196 grams of MDMA, and over a kilogram of powdered cocaine were confiscated. The street value is estimated at $100,000, according to law enforcement. Additionally, $45,000 in cash, seven guns and nearly 400 rounds of ammunition were seized from the five sites.

Man faces drinking and driving charges after collision

A series of close calls and poor decisions can sometimes seem worse than it really is. However, when one of those decisions was to allegedly engage in drinking and driving, it throws everything else into a very poor light. A man faces multiple charges after an early morning incident, although no one was hurt and only his own vehicle was damaged.

On Jan. 14 York Regional Police officers responded to a call about a person allegedly driving erratically just north of Toronto around 6 a.m. The caller reported having to swerve to avoid a collision with an eastbound vehicle in the westbound lanes. An SUV matching the description given was found near the location given by the caller, and it appeared to have suffered damage in a crash.