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The Queen v. Susanna F. (Orangeville)

Acting on a Crimestoppers tip, police pulled up outside a school where Susannah was hanging out with her boyfriend, a drug dealer. When he saw the police, the boyfriend dropped a baggie of marijuana he was holding and ran away. Susannah was detained by police and her purse was searched. Police seized several hundred dollars in cash, and eight ounces of marijuana in baggies that matched the one dropped by her boyfriend. The problem was that Susannah was a minor, and the police had nothing more than an anonymous tip and the boyfriend’s flight as grounds to detain and search her. Those grounds were insufficient to justify the search of her purse and the evidence was excluded as a violation of her rights under sections 8 and 9 of the Charter of Rights.

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