1. Regina v. WDW [Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon – March 2019]

In April 2018 the Saskatoon Police Service (“SPS”) commenced an investigation into the alleged drug trafficking activities of a local target we’ll call NNN. The police conducted surveillance on NNN throughout April and May 2018 during which they observed meetings of short duration consistent with (in the opinion of the police) drug trafficking. Towards the end of May 2018 the police, while conducting surveillance on NNN, watched him return to his home in downtown Saskatoon. NNN then left his home …

2. Regina v. LPJ [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – April 2019]

In June 2018 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a uniformed member of the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”) initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle a vehicle being driven by LPJ. When the police conducted a CPIC check on LPJ, they noted that he had existing bail conditions which prohibited him from possessing a cellular phone. When the police returned to LPJ’s vehicle they observed a cellular phone on the front console. When the police asked LPJ to step out of the …

3. Regina v. HHW [Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Calgary – April 2019]

HHW was the primary target of a drug investigation conducted by members of the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”). The investigation, which lasted several months, involved the use of so-called confidential informants, extensive surveillance and the covert installation of a hallway video recorder. The police investigation culminated in the execution of a warrant to search the premises which had been monitored by the hallway camera (hereinafter referred to as the “target premises”). A search of the target premises revealed the presence …

4. Regina v. AZS [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – May 2019]

Over the course of 7 months AZS was “alleged” to have been involved in no less than 8 separate hand-to-hand cocaine transactions involving the same Calgary Police Service (“CPS”) undercover officer. To complicate matters, a video was obtained in relation to several of the undercover transactions and on take-down day (the date of AZS’s arrest) he was found in possession of a quantity of cocaine that was obviously packaged for sale. As a consequence of the foregoing, AZS was charged …

5. Regina v. SDK [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – June 2019]

Police received information from a reliable source that SDK was actively involved in the trafficking of cocaine and heroin. Consequently, the police engaged in an 8 month investigation involving physical and electronic surveillance of SDK and his associates. At the conclusion of that investigation the police executed multiple warrants to search which resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, (PCP – “angel dust”) as well as trafficking paraphernalia such as scales, packaging material …

6. Regina v. KDK [Calgary Provincial Court, June 2019]

In November 2017 members of the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”) Gang Enforcement Team (“GET”) initiated a drug trafficking investigation entitled “Gas Lamp”. This was initially a surveillance and intelligence gathering based investigation that targeted KDK and a number of other persons as individuals allegedly running a dial-a-dope operation in the City of Calgary. At the conclusion of the investigation, based on evidence and observations made by GET, a number of warrants to search were obtained and executed in June 2018. …

7. Regina v. WSW [Calgary Provincial Court, June 2019]

A joint forces operation involving the RCMP and Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) commenced an investigation in the Fall of 2016 into the drug trafficking activities of a dial-a-dope operation centred in Gleichen and Strathmore, Alberta. According to the police, between December 14, 2016 and March 8, 2017 an undercover officer of the MHPS purchased various quantities of cocaine from WSW on no less than six occasions. WSW was ultimately arrested and charged with the following offences: Count 1: Trafficking …

8. Regina v. DJD [Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Calgary, June 2019]

This is an all too typical “Pipeline” case involving a uniformed member of the RCMP conducting a drug investigation under the guise of a traffic investigation. In the circumstances of this particular case (as with most Pipeline cases) the police observed a vehicle and/or occupant who matched some investigative profile consistent with the potential transportation of contraband. As to precisely what that “profile” might be in any given circumstance, it is exceedingly hard to tell. Why? The police steadfastly deny …