A man caught with 11 grams of plastic-wrapped heroin hidden in his car is a free man now because Toronto police screwed up.
Ontario Superior Court Judge Edward Morgan ruled last week that a couple of officers, one of whom busted Nguyen Son Tran in 2013 for heroin possession, scattered a small sampling of loose heroin powder in a visible spot of the car’s console, next to the driver’s seat, so that they would have a reason to search the vehicle. They had a strong feeling that he had heroin stashed in his vehicle, but had no legal reason to pull him over and conduct the search.
Both Tran’s lawyer and the officers involved in the search shared their stories in The National Post HERE. Included also is the damning evidence involving radio transmissions that helped seal the police officers’ fates in this case.
Even though the officers were found to have broken the rules, should Tran still face time behind bars? They did end up finding heroin in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was known to police. Should this guy be allowed to walk just because the cops committed a blunder?