Pubdate: Fri, 07 Sep 2001
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2001, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Sam Pazzano


Charges were stayed yesterday against another alleged drug trafficker in 
the Project Strawberry investigation as the probe of accusations against 
drug cops continues.

Mr. Justice Eugene Ewaschuk asked federal prosecutor Robin Parker if the 
staying of six trafficking-related charges against Oleg Samsonov was linked 
to "one of those drug squad cases."

"No comment," replied Parker.

Ewaschuk noted sternly that it was the prosecutor, not he, who was 
requesting the stay. Parker agreed.


The Project Strawberry investigation was conducted by the North West drug 
squad -- none of the squad's members are under investigation or charged -- 
which brought in 100 officers from all drug units in a huge takedown in 
October Eight Central drug unit officers and three divisional drug squad 
members face more than 260 criminal charges, including theft, fraud and 
breach of trust, plus related Police Act charges.

Federal prosecutors have remained tight-lipped about why charges in more 
than 115 cases have been stayed.
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