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Trafficking laws pertain to street and prescription drugs

To face criminal drug charges one need not be accused of something illegal involving street drugs. It is possible that someone could be accused of a drug crime involving prescription drugs as well. Though under certain circumstances the possession and use of these drugs is legal, trafficking them is not.

Recently, 14 individuals from the Toronto area were charged with 120 drug charges involving oxycocet, oxycodone and fentanyl. Specifically, authorities claim those charged used personal information obtained from friends to falsify prescriptions which were sent to pharmacies via fax. Individuals were then enlisted to pick the prescription drugs at times that were prearranged.

The charges were preceded by an investigation that was commenced last spring. During the course of the arrests, police said they seized close to $30,000 in cash, an assault rifle, marijuana, cocaine, 318 fentanyl patches and close to 6,000 oxycodone and oxycocet pills. The estimated street-value of the drugs is $213,697.

The charges the accused face include:

  • Firearm offences
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Fraud
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking
  • Trafficking

In total, the accused have been charged with 120 combined offences.

Criminal charges alone do not mean that the accused will face penalties. They are however, a sign that a criminal defence lawyer should be contacted for assistance. A criminal defence lawyer can assess the charges and circumstances surrounding the arrest to help determine the best approach to take in building a defence. What the outcome will be for those charged in this situation, remains to be seen.

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