Client M.P (CO-ACCUSED) was charged with Trafficking Cocaine and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The Drug Squad Enforcement commenced an investigation into a powder cocaine dealer in the west end of the city. An undercover officer was utilized contacted the accused S.P who agreed to sell the undercover officer a quantity of powder cocaine for $1,100.00. The undercover officers directed and arranged for a meet up to make the transaction. At the time of the meet up, the accused S.P gets out of the passenger side of the vehicle, gets into the undercover vehicle and has a conversation. The accused exists and returns back to the minivan with the $1,100.00 in return for the powder cocaine. As the accused was about to enter the vehicle the undercover officer placed him under arrest. The co-accused M.P, who was behind the wheel of the minivan sped off as the officers moved in to box off the vehicle. The client M.P struck one of the surveillance vehicles and kept driving. The client M.P was then stopped across the street and was placed under arrest. The officers noted what was visible in the centre console area, a digital scale, a box of baking soda and a metal spoon.
After several Crown Pre-Trials it was clear the Crown was seeking jail time and a license suspension for M.P. Despite the evidence and strength in the Crown’s case, Mr. Batasar was successful in dropping the charges from Trafficking Cocaine and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle to a plea of Mischief Under. The client received a Conditional Discharge and 40 hours of Community Service. Due to the outcome Mr. Batasar achieved, the client M.P and his family were overjoyed as it kept the client out of jail and gave him the ability to operate a motor vehicle.