Passenger in Rental Vehicle Acquitted in PPT Case

Police conducted surveillance of a rental vehicle, ultimately stopping and searching it. During the search, police located a significant quantity of cocaine and fentanyl in a hidden compartment in an air vent in the back of the center console. The client had been a passenger in the vehicle that was sitting in the back seat in close proximity to the hidden drugs. All occupants of the vehicle, including the client, were Charged with Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking. At trial, the judge found that the crown could not prove the essential elements of the offence of possession, namely, that the crown could not prove the client had any knowledge or control of the drugs in question. The client was acquitted.

2017 BCSC 2141

Outcome: Client Acquitted. No Criminal Record.