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Raymond Pollard, left, Steven Correia, Richard Benoit, Ned Maodus, Joseph Miched and John Schertzer stand outside court yesterday after charges were dropped against them.

The case has been called the "largest police corruption scandal in Canadian history."

Yesterday, the prosecution of six Toronto police drug squad officers came to an abrupt end when Justice Ian Nordheimer stayed the charges, blaming the Crown for its inept handling of the prosecution.

Immediately after the ruling, the packed courtroom erupted in applause as many of the six officers, Staff Sgt. John Schertzer along with constables Steve Correia, Joseph Miched, Raymond Pollard, Richard Benoit and Ned Maodus, broke down in tears after realizing the investigation into their alleged misdeeds that began a decade ago was finally over.

The six veteran officers had been charged with obstruction of justice, perjury, extortion and assault after allegedly falsifying notes, not getting search warrants, beating up drug dealers and stealing their money while investigating Toronto street gangs.

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