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Strip-searched prisoner whose rights were violated has drug charges tossed

An accused drug dealer who should be guilty of trafficking cocaine and crack has instead had his convictions tossed out because of repeated and serious breaches of his rights by the Ottawa police, Ontario’s top court has ruled.


McGuffie’s lawyer, Howard Krongold, said it was “pretty clear” that the police were not well-trained to understand the limits of their authority.

“He should have been on his way within about two minutes of the initial interaction, not getting strip searched 60 or 90 minutes later,” said Krongold.

“Instead of engaging in a careful and limited exercise of their powers, the police basically did whatever they wanted,” Krongold said.

Read Andrew Seymour’s full story: Ottawa Sun

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