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Case against Chilliwack man caught with nearly 30k fentanyl pills thrown out

FILE PHOTO: Fentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo. Politicians and public health officials say increasing access to overdose-fighting medication is key to tackling the fentanyl-fuelled opioid crisis that is moving across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)

Judge has thrown out the case of a man who was caught with close to 30,000 pills of fentanyl, citing Charter violations

Judge has dropped all charges against a Chilliwack man who was supposedly caught with thousands of fentanyl pills

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Chilliwack man caught with nearly 30,000 fetanyl pills in the spring of 2017 has had all charges against him dismissed.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled the drugs could not be used as evidence against Sandor Rigo because the officer did not have reasonable grounds to search his vehicle.

A police dog had seemed to indicate it detected drugs in the man’s van by sitting down, a signal to the dog’s handler it had found something.

However, an expert witness criticized the officer’s dog handling and claimed the dog only “partially sat down” and didn’t make a clear indication narcotics were present.

The judge has found Rigo’s Charter Rights were violated in the search, and again when he was not offered the right to contact a lawyer.