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Mr. P had lived in Canada since the early 2010s but was not a full citizen. A criminal conviction could result in his deportation. He had a personal and professional life for himself here, including family members, and did not want to be forced to leave.
An investigation by the OPP for over a year led to the arrest and charging of four individuals, including Mr. G. Over $60,000 in controlled substances were seized. While the other three were charged with possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic, Mr. G was charged only with conspiracy to traffic. He asserted his innocence from the beginning.
During the search the officer found one container of marijuana belonging to Ms. C and one bag of marijuana belonging to Ms. S. In the glove compartment the officer found a small bag of white powder, which upon testing was revealed to be cocaine. The two were charged and read their right to counsel. This is where Ms. C and the officer’s recollection of the events diverge.
This case showcases the way a criminal charge can drag on, consuming the accused’s life for months, all while the accused is still presumed innocent.
Mid-afternoon in the summer, a police officer stopped a suspicious vehicle with two passengers and a dog inside. The passengers were identified as Ms. S and Ms. G and the vehicle was registered as stolen. Mr. G was driving at the time and Ms. S was in the passenger seat. The dog and two bags were in the back seat.