7. Regina v. H.S.K. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – May 2016]
HSK was on bail for trafficking in heroin. One of the release conditions prohibited him from being in possession of a cellular phone. The police, operating an unmarked police vehicle, “observed” HSK using a cellular phone. The police stopped HSK and arrested him for breaching his bail order. A subsequent search of HSK’s vehicle by the police for the cellphone revealed the presence of multiple packages of heroin. Remarkably . . . the cellular phone was not found (ie: there never was a cellular phone). The police charged HSK with possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking and possessing proceeds (several hundred dollars cash) of crime.
BOTTOM LINE: Through negotiation with the Crown, Patrick Fagan was able to resolve this most serious prosecution by way of a guilty plea to simple possession of heroin contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; the Court imposed a fine of $1,000.00. All other charges (possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime) including 2 counts of breach of recognizance were completely withdrawn.
Patrick C. Fagan is a highly accomplished lawyer with an impressive career spanning over 35 years in the legal field.