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Drug trafficking charges laid after canine assisted bust

Dogs are frequently referred to as man's best friend. For one man, one particular dog may have caused him a legal nightmare. An eastern Ontario man finds himself facing allegations of drug trafficking after a police canine unit was used to search his vehicle.

Kingston police had been investigating a suspected drug trafficker. On Nov. 24, 2016, officers moved in and stopped the suspect in his vehicle at an intersection northwest of the city. It was believed the vehicle was being used to deliver methamphetamine. A search of the suspect's person was conducted by officers at the scene of the arrest, and what was believed to be heroin was found, along with a cell phone and a quantity of cash. 

The vehicle was searched after being towed to Kingston Police headquarters. A police dog indicated the presence of a suspicious substance in the vehicle's radio. Inside the radio, a case containing suspected drugs was found, including hydromorphone, Fentanyl and crystal meth. If tests reveal the drugs are real, they will have a street value of approximately $6,000. A 37-year-old man has been charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one for breach of probation and two for breach of an officer-in-charge undertaking.

The accused now faces a difficult situation, in light of the evidence gathered. The same goes for any man or woman accused of drug trafficking, or other criminal charges in Ontario. Quality representation in court by an experienced criminal defence lawyer may help lead to the best possible outcome.

Source: thewhig.com, "Westport man facing drug trafficking charges from Kingston police", Nov. 24, 2016

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