A 25-year-old Mississauga man has been arrested following a raid of the home he was in by Peel Regional Police. While it is not entirely clear what led officers to the home, the Toronto Sun reports that he has been charged with both weapons charges and drug possession. Police claim to have found $5,875, 16 ounces of marijuana, 2.7 ounces of cocaine and eight grams of crack cocaine. Two women were also charged during the raid, but only for possession for the purposes of trafficking, not on the weapons charge.
When someone is charged with a crime, there needs to be sufficient evidence supporting the charge or the charges will be dismissed. Not only does this serve to free up judges from hearing pointless cases, but it also protects Ontarians from being charged with crimes based on mere speculation or inference. Since there is tremendous negative publicity that comes with even an allegation of wrongdoing, it is important that police and the Crown respect those rights, charge only those for whom there is credible evidence to do so and have charges dropped against those unnecessarily charged.
There are a number of reasons why someone from Brampton might be stopped by Ontario Provincial Police, from speeding to making a turn without using a signal to something more serious like driving while intoxicated. Much of the time, the reason for a stop is relatively minor and the driver can proceed on his or her way with a warning or a ticket for a traffic violation. In some instances, however, the situation is much more serious and the driver could find him- or herself arrested and charged with a crime.
When Canada Border Services Agency officers and other members of law enforcement attempt to hold people accountable for bringing drugs into the country, they often track shipments from overseas. If someone in Toronto receives a package with drugs in it, it may be easy to arrest the recipient and charge him or her with importing drugs. Realistically, however, there must be much more for the charge to stick.
Most of us in Markham have seen pictures of people on security cameras and closed-circuit television, barely being able to make out any discernible features. With some cameras, it is utterly impossible to tell who the picture is supposed to be of, but police use these pictures all the time to make arrests. And, should they choose, the Crown can submit grainy, hard-to-read pictures in court to try and prove a defendant was doing what was alleged. Sometimes that works in the defendant's favor when the jury or judge doubts the Crown. But, a blurry picture could also be what sends a defendant to prison.
Some people in Toronto are quick to make judgments about people whose criminal charges are dropped because of technicalities. Some think that the technicality was the only thing that would have prevented a conviction; others see no reason why someone accused of a crime should be freed because of a police or court mistake. The truth of the matter is, however, that these technicalities are important protections for anyone charged with a crime, whether he or she is innocent or guilty.
With all the politicians who have recently come out and admitted to using drugs, it is no wonder that many people in Mississauga believe a marijuana charge is not a big deal. Unfortunately, that is not always true, especially if an individual is also being charged with something else. Not only can a conviction for possession of marijuana create a criminal record, lead to fines or possibly jail time, but it can also limit one's ability to find work, buy or rent a home, or even travel to the United States and other countries. With such serious consequences, fighting a drug charge is something best done under the direction of a criminal defence lawyer.
When someone is arrested in Ontario, charged with a crime and put on trial, the span of time from when the alleged criminal act was committed to trial is often not that long. Of course, it takes time to prepare a trial and a defence, but most of the time the incident is fresh in the minds of witnesses. This is not always the case, however, and some cases go to trial over 40 years after a crime had been committed. With such a delay, there is a question as to whether defendants, witnesses and complainants can actually remember what happened.
Three people are facing serious drug charges after an investigation into marijuana hidden among frozen vegetable destined for the U.S. Two people, ages 38 and 41, are from Markham and the last person, aged 53, is from Toronto. If convicted, these three could face very serious charges. Being accused of drug trafficking is not something to be taken lightly and often requires a strong legal defence, especially because a trafficking conviction could bar someone from entering the U.S.