Monday, June 26, 2017

Charges dropped against trio accused in $4.5M cocaine trafficking case

Three men accused of trafficking 45kg of cocaine have been let off because it took too long to get to trial, a Calgary judge has ruled. Christopher Scher, Michael Janecek and Steven Doporto were arrested in January 2014 and faced charges of conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, trafficking cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The Supreme Court's "Cody" decision released last Friday, doubled-down on the principles of its Jordan ruling last year, upholding an accused drug dealer's bid to have his case thrown out because he had to wait five years for a five-day trial. On Thursday the judge agreed with defence lawyers, and said he'd been given a "clear roadmap" by the Supreme Court.

At the time of their arrest, ALERT claimed Scher, Janecek and Doporto were the heads of a drug-trafficking operation. "The trio was believed to be major cocaine distributors in Southern Alberta and routinely used couriers to import cocaine from the southern United States," said ALERT in its January 2014 release.