Drug Trafficking Charge Reduced to Simple Possession and a Fine


CDSA: s.5(2) – Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking


My client was stopped by police relating to a traffic safety issue. While speaking to my client, the police smelled an odour of raw marijuana emanating from the inside the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle and found five half-pound bags of marijuana, totaling 1380 grams, worth thousands of dollars.


My client has a related criminal record and convictions dating back to 1978. As a result of my negotiations with the Crown, they agreed to drop the PPT charge and accept, instead, a plea to simple possession only. Instead of serving several years in prison, my client paid a fine of $3000, and was granted 12 months to pay it. No jail time.