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  • Charter Rights Violation Results in Dropped Drug Charges

    A Nova Scotia judge has ruled that a man who was attempting to smuggle two kilograms of cocaine to the island had his charter rights violated, leading to the charges being dropped.

    On May 28, 2016 David Honcoop attempted to board the ferry in North Sydney to Newfoundland.

    Honcoop was selected for random screening by terminal security.

    During a search of his luggage two kilograms of cocaine was allegedly found, which led to charges being laid by the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

    In September, Justice Patrick Murray found Honcoop’s charter rights had been violated, and ordered the cocaine be excluded from evidence.

    The decision noted that Marine Atlantic’s written policy says guards need to ask for permission to search passenger’s belongings, and given that Honcoop did not give valid consent, the search breached his charter rights.

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