Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. High Court Rejects Acquittal of Vernon Man in Dial-a-Dope Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. High Court Rejects Acquittal of Vernon Man in Dial-a-Dope Case

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Drug charge acquittal overturned for B.C. man

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VANCOUVER - The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a Vernon, B.C., man acquitted of drug charges after a lower court threw out a key search warrant.

The decision written by Chief Justice Robert Bauman sets aside the acquittal of Christopher Loewen and orders a new trial on charges of possession of cocaine, heroin and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Those charges were dismissed in January 2015 when a provincial court judge in Vernon rejected a warrant that led to the seizure of drugs, cash and other evidence vital to the case against an alleged dial-a-dope operation.

The unanimous decision by three Court of Appeal justices finds Judge Mayland McKimm was wrong to reject the warrant for what he considered a lack of "independently verifiable information" and "bald unsupported assertions. …

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