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Cocaine bust legal: court 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A B.C. man had cocaine delivered to him from Calgary. (REUTERS)

A B.C. man had cocaine delivered to him from Calgary. (REUTERS)

A Terrace man who had half a kilogram of cocaine mailed to him from Calgary has lost his court appeal after arguing police should never have opened the package that appeared to be a toy box because of his “expectation of privacy.”

The B.C. Court of Appeal rejected that argument in a decision posted Wednesday.

Todd Godbout was arrested at home in 2010 after the package — which police intercepted when notified by DHL — was delivered with fake drugs placed there by police.

Also found in Godbout’s home were 600 ecstasy pills in a safe.

Since it was the DHL employee who originally opened the package — and the mailing terms state authorities can search packages at any time — no privacy rights were breached, the court ruled.

 

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