Cocaine bust legal: court
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.