Constable Lawrence Stevenson of the York Regional Police Service.docx

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car. There were two car seats in the back seat of the Lexus. Mr. Ngo testified that he witnessed the police officer make four or five trips between the trunk of the Lexus and the trunk of his police cruiser, carrying a garbage bag of marijuana in each hand. He also testified that the officer called a dark skinned officer to attend and this officer took him and the female passenger to the police station. Mr. Ngo said he only realized he was charged with being in possession of 10 pounds of marijuana, rather than the 84 pounds he believed he was carrying when he received his criminal disclosure. Const. Rodney Lord Const. Lord was dispatched to the scene of the traffic stop to assist. Both occupants of the stopped car were out leaning against a vehicle. Const. Lord reached into the stopped car and took a large garbage bag from the back seat which he described as a green garbage bag with loose marijuana in it. He said he could see the leaves. The bag was tied but it was so full, Const. Lord said he could see into it. He said there was a strong odour of marijuana in the car. Nine minutes after arriving, Const. Lord left the traffic stop. Mr. Ngo, the female passenger and the bag of marijuana were transported by Const. Lord to the 5 District Station. Const. Stevenson stayed at the scene to wait for a tow truck. Const. Lord did not search the car, nor the trunk. He did not see anyone else do so either. Constable Lawrence Stevenson
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On August 4, 2004, Const. Stevenson was an acting Sergeant in 5 District. After making an arrest at a plaza in that location he was proceeding west on Highway 7 and stopped at a red light at the northbound 404 exit to Highway 7. He saw a vehicle go through a red light onto Highway 7 and he followed that car. The vehicle turned right on to Leslie Street and stopped. Const. Stevenson got out of his car and approached the stopped vehicle from behind it. He noted a strong smell of marijuana and a garbage bag on the back seat. In checking documents, Const. Stevenson saw that the driver did not own the car and was in possession of marijuana. Const. Stevenson was adamant he never checked the trunk of the stopped car nor removed anything from the trunk. He did not search the vehicle. Const. Stevenson was adamant he never checked the trunk of the stopped car nor removed anything from the trunk. He did not search the vehicle. When asked about calls to or from Const. Tram that evening which were shown on telephone statements obtained by Det. Riches, Const. Stevenson said he could not recall any except for one call he made to Const. Tram to come to 5 District to act as a translator. Const. Stevenson also testified that he and Const. Tram were work acquaintances. He confirmed the two of them had gone to Vietnam on holidays for a month in March 2004 and had stayed with Const. Tram’s relatives.
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