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A major federal error might influence untold drug cases

According to what Real News Cast has learned, a blunder that was committed by the federal govt when it amended Canada’s drug policies, and legalized marijuana several years previously, could potentially influence scores of drug cases that are currently being heard in Canadian courts.

55 kilograms of cocaine and $800,000 in Canadian money were recovered by authorities in Barrie, Ont., on April 3, 2019. (Nathan Denette/CP)

The potential repercussions of the blunder are being played down by the police and government. They claim that there has been no impact on any narcotics investigations and that they aren’t aware of any cases that have been influenced by it that are currently before the courts.

Regulations that are intended to safeguard law enforcement who are obliged to conduct offenses in the process of undercover operations are at the root of the majority of the issues that have arisen. In the mid-1990s, loopholes were established so that law enforcement officers would not be subject to criminal prosecution if they were obliged to engage in activities such as buying or selling narcotics as part of their investigation.

However, these rules were not brought up to date whenever the Controlled Drugs Act was revised in 2017, and marijuana was legalized the following year because the Liberal government decided not to do so.

As a consequence of this, deep cover law enforcement officers all over Canada were not protected by the law from criminal responsibility for certain things they may have been required to do as part of a probe from the year 2017 up until a few weeks ago, whenever the government went to rectify its blunder. This occurred because the current regime committed an error in its interpretation of the law.

Between the years 2018 and 2021, a total of 143,892 persons are expected to be charged with a variety of drug-related offenses, as reported by Statistics Canada.

It is unknown how many of those cases featured undercover police agents committing crimes in the process of an investigation – crimes that would be affected by the blunder made by the federal government. It is possible that these crimes were covered up.

It is also unknown if any of the charges were the product of covert police operations that took place prior to the discovery of the overlook.

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