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Pair of Toronto men face allegations of drug and weapons crimes

Police officers sometimes throw charges around like a chef throws pasta against the wall; they both just want to see what sticks. Unlike good spaghetti, however, serious criminal allegations are very unappetizing. Two men who can attest to that were arrested recently in north Toronto.

On May 3, Toronto Police executed a search warrant at a home near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue. During the search, officers seized a quantity of drugs found on the premises. The police allegedly found 134 Alprazolam pills, 36 grams of cocaine and 150 grams of marijuana. Alprazolam is a drug employed to treat certain anxiety disorders.

During the search, the police reported seeing a vehicle nearby with two men inside. Officers detained the occupants and searched the inside of the vehicle, and allegedly found a loaded large calibre handgun with an altered serial number. A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with 13 crimes, including careless transport of a firearm, possession of a firearm obtained by crime and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Also arrested was a 23-year-old man who now faces seven charges, among them careless transport of a firearm, occupying a motor vehicle with a firearm and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

Whenever police conduct a search of private premises or a vehicle, there is the possibility of a breach of the rights of the suspect. An experienced lawyer will work with a client to ascertain all the relevant details of the search and the arrest as part of the process of developing a defence. When the allegations against a man or woman are serious, a skilled Ontario defence lawyer may be the best choice to represent the interests of the accused.

Source: cp24.com, "Two men charged after loaded handgun, drugs seized in North York", Chris Herhalt, May 6, 2017

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