Seizure of fentanyl package breached privacy, but Sask. officers acted 'in good faith': judge


Seizure of fentanyl package breached privacy, but Sask. officers acted 'in good faith': judge
  1. Seizure of fentanyl package breached privacy, but Sask. officers acted 'in good faith': judge
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    RCMP officers in Yorkton breached a woman's privacy when they seized a fentanyl package she had mailed but that the drugs should still be used in court as evidence because the officers were acting out of concern for the public, a Saskatchewan provincial court judge has…
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RCMP officers in Yorkton, Sask., breached a woman's privacy when they seized a fentanyl package she had mailed from a post office, but the drugs should still be used as evidence because the officers were acting out of concern for the public, a Saskatchewan provincial court judge has ruled.

The written decision of Judge R. Grant, issued earlier this month, centred around a visit to the Canada Post office at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Yorkton by Const. Jeffery Nelson and Const. Filipe Vincente on May 12, 2016.

The officers were acting on a tip that Dorothy O'Dell was sending fentanyl through the mail to a relative living near Winnipeg, Man. O'Dell has been charged with trafficking fentanyl.

Though Nelson — a four-year veteran of the RCMP — asked the Shoppers employee minding the post office counter if she needed any documentation from him, he did not produce a warrant before the employee turned over the package mailed by O'Dell earlier that day.

Later, after obtaining a warrant to open the package, Nelson found it contained patches of fentanyl.

'Compelling interesting in detecting' fentanyl

O'Dell's lawyer, Richard Leland, argued that the RCMP's seizue of O'Dell's package violated her privacy and the drugs should be excluded as evidence during her trial.

But while agreeing that O'Dell had a "reasonable expectation" of…

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