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Toronto police planted loose heroin in suspect’s car to justify illegal search, judge rules

11.9.15

Toronto police planted loose heroin in suspect’s car to justify illegal search, judge rules: [nationalpost.com] In January 2014, Toronto police arrested Nguyen Son Tran in the city’s Chinatown after finding 11 grams of plastic-wrapped heroin tucked behind the steering column of his car. But Ontario Superior Court Judge Edward Morgan ruled last week that officers never had the right to search the car in the first place and the officers knew that, so they scattered a small amount of loose powder in a visible location next to the driver’s seat.

“I conclude from all of this that the loose heroin was placed on the console of the Toyota by the police after their search, and was not left there by the defendant prior to the search,” Morgan said as he stayed the charges against Tran.

Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said Thursday an internal investigation is underway by the Professional Standards Unit.

“We take all comments of this type very seriously,” he said. “Whatever action is necessary will be taken.”


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