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Lost wallet leads to criminal charges against Toronto cop

Sometimes the misfortune of a moment can cause a multitude of troubles. In a recent example in the news, a simple lost wallet was all it took to land a Toronto police officer in the middle of a drug possession controversy. The veteran cop now faces criminal charges after a discovery was allegedly made in his absence.

On Sept. 19, 2016, a Toronto police officer appeared at an east Toronto courthouse as a witness in a case. After his part was done, the officer, a 16-year veteran and member of the Guns & Gangs Task Force, left the building but forgot his wallet. Another officer found the wallet and looked inside for identification.

Allegedly, the officer found a quantity of cocaine inside the wallet. The Toronto Police Service Professional Standards Unit conducted an investigation into the discovery, and it was determined the cocaine had no connection to the officer's official duties. On Dec. 29, 2016, the officer was arrested and charged with possession of a narcotic. He has been suspended with pay and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 9.

Accusations of drug possession are very serious and can be detrimental to a person's life, particularly for a serving police officer. A vigorous defence will be necessary in order to have a chance to clear the officer's name and allow him to return to his important duties. Regardless of occupation, it is advisable for a person facing criminal charges to seek representation from a dedicated lawyer who has thorough experience with criminal law in Toronto.

Source: cp24.com, "Toronto officer charged after cocaine allegedly found in wallet", Joshua Freeman, Dec. 29, 2016

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