Ottawa (AFP) – A federal judge in Canada’s capital will uphold a conviction on charges of possessing cocaine and cannabis and drug trafficking, despite an appeal.
Key points:Criminal lawyer and former Ottawa city councillor James Dickson is charged with three counts of possessing and transporting cocaine and four counts of trafficking in marijuana”The accused had two kilograms of cocaine and one gram of cannabis,” Ottawa District Court Judge John Worsley said Monday.
“In the end, it was a plea bargain between the Crown and the defence.”
He said he accepted the Crown’s recommendation to dismiss all charges.
Dickson was arrested in November 2015 after a two-month undercover investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Prosecutors allege he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine in exchange for $7.5 million in drug proceeds and to a lesser charge of possession of cannabis.
The trial began in January.
The federal court in Ottawa also ruled in January that Dickson’s case was dismissed on the grounds that his criminal history did not warrant a full trial.
He has not yet been sentenced.
A trial date was set for May.
The Crown argued that the trial was tainted by the Crown failing to provide a detailed defence strategy.
Dirkons lawyer, Mark Worske, said he will appeal.
The Supreme Court of Canada was hearing an appeal on the case.
“The court was called upon to consider and determine if there is a fair trial in the circumstances in which this matter was brought before it,” he said in a statement.
“Our decision today is that the Crown failed to provide an adequate defence.”
Dickson, 65, of Ottawa, was charged with possession of the drugs and is also accused of trafficking cannabis in the city.