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Southern Alberta man charged with drug crimes

A southern Alberta man is facing a variety of drug-related charges as the result of an investigation conducted by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team. The investigation turned up a variety of information, while also leading to the seizure of approximately $50,000 worth of fentanyl and cocaine.

According to news reports, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team seized roughly 373 grams of cocaine in the Calgary area. It is believed that the man was a supplier to many dealers in the Lethbridge area.

How does the Alberta ignition interlock program work?

If you are caught driving under the influence, there is no escaping the legal process. The punishment you receive is based on many factors, including your level of intoxication and if you have been arrested for the same crime in the past.

When a person is convicted in Alberta with impaired driving, he or she is subjected to the mandatory Ignition Interlock Program. In short, this requires the driver to install a device on his or her vehicle that prevents future episodes of drinking and driving.

Charges dismissed against Rob Ford's former driver

A judge has decided to dismiss charges against Rob Ford's former driver, Alexander Lisi. Furthermore, the charges against the co-accused were also dismissed.

After speaking for an extended period of time, the judge delivered his verdict. He noted the following: "Stripped of the elephant looming large in the courtroom, this case is as mundane as it comes. What changes the dynamics here is the breadth of the police manpower and the accompanying amount of ink."

Details of the Adult Alternative Measures Program

There are times when the formal court process is not the best way of dealing with a person who has been convicted of a crime. Instead, the Adult Alternative Measures Program is the better of the two options.

While this is not available to every person who is convicted of a crime, it is something that is often considered.

Details of the National Sex Offender Registry

People who are charged with a sex crime in Canada soon realize that this could change their life in many ways. For example, depending on the type of crime, they could find their name on the National Sex Offender Registry.

In its most basic form, the National Sex Offender Registry is a system that tracks sex offenders convicted (not charged) of designated offences.

How does plea bargaining work in Canada?

The Law Reform Commission of Canada defines plea bargaining as "an agreement by the accused to plead guilty in return for the prosecutor's agreeing to take or refrain from taking a particular course of action."

While that basic definition provides an overview of how plea bargaining works in Canada, it is important to realize that there are three specific categories:

Court finds drunk driving sentence not too harsh

The Alberta Court of Appeal found that a six-year prison sentence imposed on a drunk driver who killed a motorcyclist was in line with the law.

A 2 – 1 split decision led to the dismissal of the argument filed by the man who caused the accident. While he believed the sentence was too harsh, the court disagreed. The justice overseeing the case noted that the punishment reflected the seriousness of the crime, adding the following: "Sentences for impaired driving causing death have increased in recent years, commensurate with legislative changes and society's need to deter and denunciate the senseless loss of life on Canadian road."

Alberta man facing 2 murder charges

A 27-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder following a multi-agency investigation involving police from Alberta and British Columbia. The Edmonton resident is facing a charge of homicide in the first degree in connection with the October 2014 shooting of a 23-year-old-man in Richmond, B.C., and a second-degree murder charge for his alleged involvement in the death of a man in Edmonton in July 2014.

According to police, the investigation uncovered a string of street-level violent crimes including home invasions, armed robberies and drug trafficking. Officers say that the killings were likely intended to spread fear and send a message to other gangs. Authorities have reported that additional arrests are likely to be made in connection with the case.

New appeal filed in connection with Alberta drunk driving law

On March 31, news sources reported that a drunk driving law that has been in effect in Alberta since July 2012 is facing a new appeal. Under this law, motorists who are charged with impairment lose their driving privileges pending resolution of their cases in court. In addition, the vehicles of allegedly impaired drivers are impounded for three days; however, statements made by lawyers who filed a constitutional challenge on behalf of a group of clients in November 2012 suggest that the fixed period of time for vehicle impoundment may be less problematic for charged motorists than the loss of the driver's licence for an indeterminate period of time.

Lawyers for the three motorists argued that the Alberta drunk driving law presumes guilt and violates both the Charter of Rights and the rights of the charged individuals. In February 2013, the judge ruled against the motorists, who were seeking to drive pending the outcome of the constitutional challenge. In the ruling, however, the judge also said that the challenge was not frivolous and that the licence suspensions had impacted the motorists' work and family relationships.

3 face drug charges in Alberta following 2 overdose deaths

In Alberta, two men and one woman are facing drug charges following the deaths of two people on the Blood reserve. News sources indicate that the decedents, who were found at a home in Standoff on March 20, are believed to have overdosed on a potent batch of illegal fentanyl. Sources say that two additional people were taken to hospital in connection with the incident. At press time, information regarding their condition is not available.

Illegally produced fentanyl has reportedly been linked to more than 100 deaths in the southern reserve in 2014, and police indicate that more than 88,000 pills were seized in surrounding communities from April 2014 through March 2015. Unlike fentanyl that is produced legally for pharmaceutical use, the illegal version of the drug, which can be stronger and more toxic than morphine, is created in covert drug labs and sold on the street in pill or powder form. Sources report that some fentanyl buyers may be led to believe that they are purchasing heroin or OxyContin.