R. v. GGG, [ABQB, Calgary – March 2021]

Not Guilty Verdict

GGG was charged with possession of cocaine and methamphetamine in relation to the largest drug seizure in the history of the Calgary Police Service. The “bust” drew national media attention including coverage in the Toronto Star. The following media headlines speak for themselves in terms of the significance of the seizure and gravity of the ensuing prosecution.

  • Toronto StarCalgary police seize over 200 pounds of drugs from Dodge Caravan
  • CBC News$8M in cocaine and meth seized after trafficking investigation
  • Gateway GazetteCalgary Police Services: Record-Breaking Drug Seizure
  • 660 News‘Surprising, shocking’: Calgary police seize $8M worth of drugs
  • CTV NewsCalgary police make record-breaking drug bust during traffic stop

GGG retained Patrick Fagan to defend this most serious drug prosecution as the Crown was seeking a lengthy term of imprisonment in the range of 12-14 years. Patrick Fagan entered an election by way of a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (sitting without the intervention of a Jury) with a preliminary inquiry. The case for the prosecution appeared overwhelming at preliminary inquiry and GGG was committed to stand trial in Queen’s Bench on all charges.

BOTTOM LINE: After a hard-fought two-week trial in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Patrick Fagan secured verdicts of NOT guilty on ALL charges.

It is interesting to note that no mention whatsoever was made by the media anywhere in this Country of GGG’s success in securing verdicts of not guilty at trial. Seems a little unbalanced and unfair but apparently… it is what it is.

Toronto Star 200 Pounds of Drugs
Toronto StarCalgary police seize over 200 pounds of drugs from Dodge Caravan
CBC 8 million in cocaine and meth
CBC News$8M in cocaine and meth seized after trafficking investigation
660 News‘Surprising, shocking’: Calgary police seize $8M worth of drugs

CTV NewsCalgary police make record-breaking drug bust during traffic stop
Gateway Gazette Record Breaking Drug Seizure
Gateway GazetteCalgary Police Services: Record-Breaking Drug Seizure