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Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking: Possession of Fentanyl and Hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.Possession of Proceeds of Crime: Possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000, contrary to the Criminal Code.
A number of confidential informants reported that Roman was dealing drugs from a house. The police watched the house for several days and saw large amount of foot traffic, consistent with trafficking.A search warrant was executed. The police seized tens of thousands of dollars in drugs and cash hidden in the house. The police found alleged debt-lists. A number of Roman’s personal documents and belongings were found in the house. The police ran forensic analyses on the cell-phones found during the search revealing suspicious text messages. No drugs were found on Roman during the execution of the search warrant. Roman faced a multi-year penitentiary sentence if convicted.
The case against Roman was mostly circumstantial. I believed the prosecution would have problems proving that Roman had knowledge and control over the drugs in the house. I believed that the suspicious text messages could be excluded from evidence as hearsay.
Roman was found not guilty of all charges after a one week trial in the Superior Court of Justice.
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