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Warrantless search upheld in drug case

Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 7:00 PM | By Michael Benedict

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a warrantless home search in a drug case, raising concerns among some legal observers that the practice is on the increase.

“If police are relying more heavily on exigent circumstances to justify warrantless searches of people’s homes, the time may be right for the Supreme Court to look at this matter,” said Toronto criminal appeals lawyer Enzo Rondinelli, an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Shae Alexander Hunter of Nanaimo, B.C., was convicted of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine...