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The Canucks’ War on Drugs Is Just as Incompetent as Ours

Russell Laight was flying from England to Halifax, N.S., Canada, when his flight was diverted to Newfoundland. There, officials inspected a powdery substance in his bag, which tested positive for drugs. Laight was taken into custody and was held for five nights while the powder was sent to Montreal, Que., for further testing. That testing determined that the first test was a “false positive” that the Canada Border Services Agency said happens about 1 percent of the time. In a statement, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit-Newfoundland and Labrador said Laight “at no point during the arrest provided any explanation to authorities that the substance was human remains” — the cremated ashes of a friend. “The charges were withdrawn and the traveller was released on Monday once the results were received.” (MS/CBC) ...That should be the very last time his friend gets him in trouble.
Original Publication Date: 20 March 2016
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