The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges have been approved following an allegation of theft by a police officer during a search of an Abbotsford residence pursuant to a search warrant.
On November 23rd, 2017, Abbotsford Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit officers executed search warrants at a residence in relation to a drug trafficking investigation.
While searching the suspect’s residence pursuant to a search authority, officers located cash, weapons, drugs and drug paraphernalia.
An individual was subsequently charged with eight counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
During the trial, a surveillance clip taken inside the home led to serious questions. The footage captured one of the Abbotsford Police officers taking money found in the home and potentially placing it in his shoe or socks.
After a thorough investigation, it was concluded that “the available evidence does not meet the BCPS’s charge assessment standard and no charges have been approved”.
At the conclusion of the investigation CFSEU submitted a Report to Crown Counsel (RCC) recommending charges of theft under $5000.