6. Regina v. M.V. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – March 2010]

Client charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and proceeds as a result of a police search of a motor vehicle at the direction of R.C.M.P./C.P.S. joint force investigators. Client was the target of a so-called “dial-a-dope” investigation and during the course of the vehicle search approximately one ounce of cocaine, scales, cash and packaging material were seized. At preliminary inquiry the case for the Crown/ prosecution was sufficiently damaged through cross-examination by the defense of a critical Crown witness that the Crown choose to kill the proceedings by directing a stay of proceedings before conclusion of the preliminary inquiry.