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High court to hear search and seizure case

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case of an accused B.C.gangster who says his charter rights were violated by police who founddrugs and weapons in his car and home.

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case of an accused B.C. gangster who says his charter rights were violated by police who found drugs and weapons in his car and home.

Jonathan Bacon and his associates Godwin Cheng and Rayleene Burton were arrested in August 2005 after a police surveillance team saw them transferring packages between vehicles.

Subsequent searches found a cache of automatic weapons, silencers, a bulletproof vest and a police uniform, as well as marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and more than $90,000 in cash.

The trio were charged with 15 counts of drugs and weapons offences — charges they challenged in court, arguing that Abbotsford police did not have sufficient cause to search them and, therefore, violated their charter rights.

A Provincial Court judge agreed and in 2008 the charges were dismissed.

The Crown appealed and the B.C. Appeal Court overturned that decision in March, ordering a new trial.

 
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